Curtiss flying boat making 60 miles an hour (LOC)

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Curtiss flying boat making 60 miles an hour

[1914 July 12]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo probably shows the America, a "flying boat" produced by Glenn Curtiss, on the surface of Lake Keuka, New York State, July 12, 1914. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2443-6


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    I Am Adam

    • 28/Mar/2008 15:50:41

    Now that is just cool.

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    • 28/Mar/2008 18:45:35

    It was not long before the first regularly-scheduled passenger air service began between St Pete and Tampa, FL. in 1914. nice image!

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    • 20/Jul/2008 05:44:00

    Glenn Curtiss's first flying boat, the 1912 Flying Fish, is depicted in this Bain photo. Note the squarish tail. The rounded tail of the flying boat in the photo above was a feature of Curtiss's second such craft, the America, built in 1914. Photos of the America and a modern reproduction of it are on this page at the Glenn Curtiss Museum website. Curtiss tested his flying boats near Hammondsport, on Lake Keuka in the Finger Lakes district of upstate New York. The America was tested on July 12, 1914, and was the subject of this New York Times article the following day. Note that the article cites the speed of the craft as 60 mph, matching the speed cited in the caption on this Bain photo. A 1912 Times report on the testing of the Flying Fish gives the top speed of that craft as 54 mph. The photo above almost certainly depicts the America, probably on July 12, 1914.

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    The Library of Congress

    • 21/Jul/2008 18:39:23

    whyaduck: Thanks for this information. We'll update the source data and reload the description.