Monday, February 1, 2010

Biplane That He Built In His Backyard -- February 1, 2010

"Aviator J. E. Mair's biplane that he built in his backyard at 3106 West Fullerton Avenue." According to Aerofiles (, it was "A copy of Wright Flier built in Mair's back yard, but no record of it flying or if it even left the back yard." From the 30-August-1910 Chicago Daily News. I assume that is Mair himself working on the upper wing.

I wanted to build an airplane like this, in my basement and backyard, when I was in grammar school. I didn't have the money for materials and I couldn't figure out how I would get it two blocks to Golden Gate Park, and get it through the trees to a meadow where I could fly it.

The photo comes from the Library of Congress' wonderful American Memory site ( DN-0008677, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.

Congratulations to Jon Miller, who won the Ford C Frick award. I'm looking forward to his speech at Cooperstown.

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