A MONTH IN THE LIFE OF THE WRIGHTS: MAY 1910
Posted on 22 May 2020
Edward VII, King of Great Britain, who the Wright brothers had met during their flight demonstrations in Europe in 1909, passes away May 6, 1910. Also in the year 1910, the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana. The Boy Scout Association was founded by W.S. Boyce, Edward S. Stewart, and Stanley D. Willis. The BSA grew to become the largest and most successful youth organization in the U.S.A. The tango, a dance and its music derived from a cultural blend of Cuban, Argentinian, and African rhythms, began to catch fire around the world.
May 5th the Wright training camp is completed at Simms Station in Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur & Orville and the Wright Exhibition Company fliers make numerous flights in preparation for the air show at Indianapolis, June 13–18.
MAY 19, 1910
Wright Company and Aero Club of St. Louis enter into contract whereby Wright Company licenses an aviation meet to be held in St. Louis, October 8–18, 1910, and agrees to provide five or more aircraft and pilots (above: Arch Hoxsey, Wright exhibition pilot, in flight at Kinloch Field, St. Louis, Mo.).
MAY 21, 1910
Wilbur Wright makes flight of one minute 29 seconds at Simms Station, his last as a pilot in the United States.
MAY 25, 1910
Orville takes his father, 82 years old, for his first airplane ride, a flight of six minutes 55 seconds, reaching an altitude of 350 fee (above). Flight made by Wilbur and Orville together, Orville piloting, the only occasion when the two brothers were in the air at the same time (below: flight report for both flights).