Iowa's First Flyer | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

Iowa's First Flyer

Iowa's First Flyer | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Carl S. Bates, a young inventor from Clear Lake, Iowa, about to race the Buick owned by Louis Strang on the beach at Daytona Beach.  Bates originally challenged Curtiss and the Wright Brothers to an airplane race in Florida. When that failed, he settled for an automobile race.  The automobile won. Automobile-airplane races soon became standard fare at pre-World War I air shows.
DESCRIPTION
Carl S. Bates, a young inventor from Clear Lake, Iowa, about to race the Buick owned by Louis Strang on the beach at Daytona Beach. Bates originally challenged Curtiss and the Wright Brothers to an airplane race in Florida. When that failed, he settled for an automobile race. The automobile won. Automobile-airplane races soon became standard fare at pre-World War I air shows.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11766
Creation Date:circa March 1909
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Daytona Beach
County:
State:Florida
Collection Name:Bates, Carl S., 1884-1956 : Papers, circa 1904-1956
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 2660
Original Dimensions:6.5 x 3.5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Use of the work "airship" to describe Bates' plane demonstrates that this event took place so early in the history of aviation that the terminology was not yet settled. Eventually the word "airship" was properly applied only to dirigibles.
SUBJECTS
Clothing and dress
Protective clothing
Men
Outdoor photography
Airplane racing
Automobile racing
Airplanes
Automobiles
Seashore
Air pilots

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