On July 4, 1908, Glenn H. Curtiss, a hometown mechanical genius with a flair for speed, trundled a fragile, box kite-like contraption onto a half mile racetrack on the outskirts of Hammondsport , NY, and made the first pre-announced flight in America of a heavier-than-air flying machine.
On July 5, 2008, a 1/4 scale flying model of the June Bug once again flew in Hammondsport! The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, in conjunction with Finger Lakes Area Pirates (F.L.A.P.S.), flew a 1/4 scale replica of the June Bug at the Pleasant Valley Winery, just south of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. A great time was had by all.
The 1/4 scale flying model was built by members of the FLAPS club and now hangs in the entryway of the Curtiss Museum.
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Here are pictures of where our June Bug lives now, in the foyer at the Curtis Museum!
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