Aviation Hall of Famer addresses Aero Club
The early development of aviation in Arizona was the topic of a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) April 16.
Arv Schultz, a recent inductee into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, delivered a power-point presentation covering how aviation blossomed in Arizona between 1910 and 1920. Schultz also covered the early beginnings of aviation dating back to the 1800s in Europe.
In 1910, powered flight was still a novelty if not a miracle to most Americans, according to Schultz. He noted that the Wright Brothers had first flown in Kitty Hawk only seven years earlier, but few people actually saw powered flight until 1909. As a result, he said, there was an impassionate interest in flying machines across Arizona and the nation and the men who made and operated them.
Arizonans’ first exposure to aviation had been through traveling aeronauts appearing with their dirigibles and balloons. Phoenix hosted an aviation meet in 1910, drawing notables from across and state and attracting several airplanes designed by noted aviator Glenn Curtis.
Schultz said the first airplane to land in Arizona happened in Yuma in 2011 on a cross-country flight from Santa Monica, Calif. to Florida. The next leg of the trip took the aircraft to Maricopa.
SLAC meets the first Monday of the month October through April in the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. The public is invited to attend all meetings. Additional information is available on the club’s web site, SunLakesAeroClub.org, or by calling Bob Walch at 895-8869 or Gary Vacin at 802-2225.