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Cup, Glenn Curtiss

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This object is on display in the Early Flight exhibition at the National Mall building.


Glenn Hammond Curtiss came to be known as "The Father of Naval Aviation" and "Founder of the American Aircraft Industry". He was a remarkable engineer, beginning his career as a successful motorcycle manufacturer. Curtiss was a fierce competitor, entering and winning many races and keeping up with competition from firms such as Harley Davidson and Indian. He used this competitive nature to continually better his manufacturing of engines, which opened doors for other opportunities in engine building. In 1903, Thomas Baldwin utilized a Curtiss engine to power his dirigible (or blimp), which became the first successful dirigible in the United States.

Bequest of the Estate of Glenn H. Curtiss

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 11.4 x 11.4 x 11.4cm (4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Materials: Overall: Silver

Physical Description:A silver cup shaped trophy mounted on a round base with a short and wide stem. There are three handles evenly spaced on the body of the cup. The cup is free of marks or inscriptions with a smooth metallic surface.

Inventory number: A19730594000

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