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Los Angeles International Air Meet, 1910

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: The Los Angeles International Air Meet of 1910 was the first major airshow in the United States. It was held at Dominguez Field, now known as Carson, California. Over the span of the eleven-day event, an estimated 250,000 tickets were sold.

To accomodate spectators, grandstands were constructed and nearby train stations were expanded. Pilots for planes, balloons, and dirigibles were invited to participate in hopes of winning cash prizes for the various competitive events, such as endurance, altitude, and speed. Organizers also invited French aviator Louis Paulhan to underline the international aspect.

The air meet drew many famous aviators, including Glenn H. Curtiss, Roy Knabenshue, Charles Willard, Lincoln Beachey and Charles K. Hamilton. Didier Masson, another French aviator, was also in attendance. While Glenn H. Curtiss did well, it was French aviator Louis Paulhan who stole the show, winning a large amount of the competitive prizes as well as thrilling the crowds with aerial feats.

Source and Further Reading:

Hatfield, David. Dominguez Air Meet. Inglewood, CA: Northrop University Press, 1976.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

1910 Los Angeles Air Meet newspaper clippings

 Collection — Box Scrapbook Box 7
Identifier: 2019-00-00-2
Contents of the Collection The collection is one (1) scrapbook of assorted newspaper clippings related to the 1910 International Air Meet at Dominguez Field in Los Angeles, California. The scrapbook is coverless with a failing binding. The clippings are from assorted unidentified newspapers and are glued to the pages, though some are loose.

It is unknown who collected the clippings.

William E. Boeing Sr. Papers

Identifier: 2005-10-06-B
Abstract William E. Boeing, Sr. (1881-1956) was an aviation pioneer and founded The Boeing Company in 1916. The collection holds textual materials, such as correspondence, philately, business-related materials, clippings, and ephemera, as well as photographs and illustrations related to his personal and business life, circa 1783-2008. Major areas of interest include family photographs and extensive personal and business-related correspondence.

First in America Aviation Meet program

 Collection — Folder 1
Identifier: 1995-03-19
Contents of the Collection This small collection is comprised of an original program for the 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet at Dominguez Field. The front cover reads "Official Program, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1910 for First America Aviation Meet, Los Angeles, January 10-20, 1910, American & Foreign Aviators, Daily Flights, Los Angeles Day, Price, 10 cents."The inside pages list officers of the meet, aviators, and balloons scheduled to fly that day, and lists of prizes. On the left inside page, there is...

Founders of American Aerospace Exhibit Collection

Identifier: 2022-00-00-16
Content Description The Founders of American Aerospace Exhibit Collection consists of archival items dating from 1910-1965 that were acquired by the Museum of Flight for use in the "Founders of American Aerospace" exhibit, formerly on display in the Museum's Red Barn from about 2005-2022. The collection is organized by theme following the layout of the exhibit. Materials include printed ephemera, postcards, correspondence, and sheet music. The items represents early American aircraft manufacturing...

Goodman L. Goodmanson Los Angeles International Air Meet Photograph Album

Identifier: 1990-03-13
Abstract Goodman L. Goodmanson (1886-1924) worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Examiner during the 1910s. The collection is comprised of a photograph album containing sixty-three (63) black-and-white photographs depicting scenes from the Los Angeles International Air Meet of 1910 and a handwritten notecard presenting the album as a gift.

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