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Mother of All Seaplanes

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February 2005-

On Sept.15, 2004, and again on Sept. 19, 2004, Captain H. James Poel—a 61-year-old retired American Airlines Boeing 777 captain—made the first flights in a reproduction of the 1911 Curtiss A-1.
The Curtiss A-1 "Triad" was the United States Navy's first airplane and the first amphibious aircraft to be flown in this country. The reproduction A-1 (built, owned and operated by the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York; (www.linkny.com/curtissmuseum) made its initial flights from the southern end of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes District of Upstate New York, the very location from which Glenn Curtiss had staged the original A-1 flights in 1911.
As the basic root of the family tree for all the seaplanes that have followed it for the next 93 years, we present the story of this unique reproduction aircraft and the firsthand experiences of the pilot who flew it.

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