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Flowers left for Cromwell Dixon
Cromwell P. Dixon1910 census, Columbus, Franklin Co., OhioDixon, Cromwell P. age 17 born CaliforniaOccupation; "Aeronaut, Airship"Cromwell Dixon was born in 1892 in San Francisco; later his family moved to Columbus, Ohio. As a boy, Dixon showed his inventing skills by building a rollercoaster for the neighborhood kids; in 1903 he built his own motorcycle. When he was 14, he was dubbed "the youngest aeronaut in the world" when he won first prize for dirigibles in the 1907 International Balloon Race in St. Louis, Missouri with his home-made, human-powered dirigible he called the "Sky-cycle." He flew eight miles and crossed the Mississippi River on the way.[1] After this success, he issued stocks to finance a mechanical version of his dirigible. On his seventeenth birthday, he flew in a self-made dirigible balloon over Dayton, Ohio. He continued to show his airships across the United States and Canada well into 1910. On September 4, 1910, he nearly crashed into the sea with his motor-powered dirigible when the engine failed at a height of 500 feet during a flight at the Harvard aviation meet in Boston, Massachusetts. He eventually landed only 10 feet from the water's edge.By 1911, Dixon had switched to heavier-than-air craft, flying a Curtiss, and he received his air pilot license on August 6, 1911.In September 1911, he performed in his Curtiss "Pusher" plane at the Helena, Montana fair. On September 30, he flew from Helena to Blossburg, some 15 miles to the west, through the Mullan Pass. The flight took 26 minutes, and by completing it Dixon became the first aviator to cross the Continental Divide. The same day, he flew back to Helena. The return flight proved to be more difficult; Dixon had problems reaching the necessary altitude, and the flight took 43 minutes. His achievement earned him $10,000, presented to him by Governor Edwin L. Norris.He died on October 2, 1911 in Spokane, Washington when his plane crashed at the Interstate Fair. Billed as the youngest licensed aviator in the United States, he made his first flight of the day at 3PM, after having had some engine trouble. In front of 12,000 spectators, he fell from 100 feet because of a strong downwind. He died less than an hour later at the hospital.
- Leonard Chapman
 Added: Jul. 20, 2010

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