In 1913, Curtiss developed the first practical and highly successful flying boat, the Model E. In this aircraft, Logan A. "Jack" Vilas made the first crossing of Lake Michigan, flying from St. Joseph, Michigan, to Grant Park on Chicago's waterfront in July 1913. Vilas donated the hull of his Model E Flying Boat to the Smithsonian Institution in 1949. Nothing else of the aircraft survives.
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