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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: 16.5 x 16.5 x 10.2cm (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 4 in.)

Materials: Overall: Silver

Physical Description:This silver cup trophy has three handles, evenly spaced around the body of the cup and made from antlers. One side of the cup is dented. There are no markings on the outside of cup. On the bottom: Sterling A 3731B, 1 pint.

Inventory number: A19730595000

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