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09

Curtiss Pusher A-1 "Sweetheart"

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The first powered flight by the Wright brothers used a pusher design.  With the propeller behind the pilot it pushed the airplane through the air. Glenn Curtiss, an American aviation pioneer, continued development of that type of design with his 1912 Curtis Pusher.

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This particular aircraft built by Glenn Curtiss in New York was shipped to San Diego for pilot training.  The airplane was purchased by John Kaminski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1912 and shipped back to Wisconsin.  Kaminski nicknamed it “Sweetheart” and put the plane on display.  It would continue to fly in exhibitions by various pilots until 1969 when it was donated to the EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

For more on the history of this airplane see: Curtiss Pusher

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