- Wisconsin's First Aviator
- The nation's first commercial built
"aeroplane" was assembled and flown
- here November 4, 1909, by Arthur
P. Warner, Wisconsin's first pilot. Self-taught, Warner was the
11th American to pilot a powered aircraft and first in the U.S.
to buy an aircraft for business use.
- Built by Glenn H. Curtiss, the biplane
was "sister" to the aircraft in which
- Curtiss won the Bennett trophy race
in Rheims, France, August 29, 1909. Inventor and manufacturer,
Warner used the aircraft in research and to publicize his automotive
products. He developed the automobile speedometer, automotive
and machine too accessories, and built the first electric power
plant in Beloit. For his contributions to the aviation and automotive
industries, Warner was posthumously elected to the Wisconsin
Industrial Hall of Fame in 1962.
- Erected in 1964