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 Lyman Wiswell Gilmore Jr.

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Lyman Wiswell Gilmore Jr.

Birth
Thurston County, Washington, USA
Death
18 Feb 1951 (aged 74)
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, USA
Burial
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, USA
Memorial ID
16204849 View Source

I attended Lyman Gilmore Junior High in Grass Valley, California, needless to say, we spent alot of time studying him.

He was the sixth of eleven kids.

He loved to watch the birds and listen to his mother read the Bible and making objects out of paper that looked like birds.


He left Washington in the 1890's, as read, he wanted to prove that men could fly. He moved to Red Bluff, California where he bought a sheep ranch.

His first plane was a glider with an eighteen foot wingspan. The glider flew when pulled by a horse.
During its first flight the horse became frightened when he saw the glider flying over him and ran away.

In the 1900's, he moved to Colfax, California, He spent his time gold mining and inventing an aircraft that he could attach to his newly patented steam engine.

In May of 1902, he built a 32 foot plane that successfully flew as it was lifted by his steam-powered engine.

Only a handful of witnesses were present, so some people did not believe him when he told them of his flight. He claimed that his flight took place months before the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk

He spent the rest of his life trying to prove that he was the first person to fly an aircraft.

In 1935, his hangers (and planes) burned to the ground, so there is no proof today that he was the first person to fly a manned aircraft.

Alot of people have different opinions about the date and distance of his flight.

I have read there is a film of his famous flight located at the Smithsonian Institue in Washington D.C.

The date of construction of the Grass Valley Airport has not been determined. The earliest reference to the field which has been located was in the 1929 "Airplane Landing Fields of the Pacific West". It described Gilmore Field as being operated by Lyman Gilmore. It contained a hangar marked "Gilmore Field" and "Grass Valley", and was said to be located on the south side of the field.

The original Grass Valley Airport was located just west of the downtown area on the Rough & Ready Highway.

The Lyman Gilmore Middle School had been built on the site of the former Grass Valley Airport, and not a trace of the former airport remains.


More reading:
wikipedia/Lyman Gilmore

I attended Lyman Gilmore Junior High in Grass Valley, California, needless to say, we spent alot of time studying him.

He was the sixth of eleven kids.

He loved to watch the birds and listen to his mother read the Bible and making objects out of paper that looked like birds.


He left Washington in the 1890's, as read, he wanted to prove that men could fly. He moved to Red Bluff, California where he bought a sheep ranch.

His first plane was a glider with an eighteen foot wingspan. The glider flew when pulled by a horse.
During its first flight the horse became frightened when he saw the glider flying over him and ran away.

In the 1900's, he moved to Colfax, California, He spent his time gold mining and inventing an aircraft that he could attach to his newly patented steam engine.

In May of 1902, he built a 32 foot plane that successfully flew as it was lifted by his steam-powered engine.

Only a handful of witnesses were present, so some people did not believe him when he told them of his flight. He claimed that his flight took place months before the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk

He spent the rest of his life trying to prove that he was the first person to fly an aircraft.

In 1935, his hangers (and planes) burned to the ground, so there is no proof today that he was the first person to fly a manned aircraft.

Alot of people have different opinions about the date and distance of his flight.

I have read there is a film of his famous flight located at the Smithsonian Institue in Washington D.C.

The date of construction of the Grass Valley Airport has not been determined. The earliest reference to the field which has been located was in the 1929 "Airplane Landing Fields of the Pacific West". It described Gilmore Field as being operated by Lyman Gilmore. It contained a hangar marked "Gilmore Field" and "Grass Valley", and was said to be located on the south side of the field.

The original Grass Valley Airport was located just west of the downtown area on the Rough & Ready Highway.

The Lyman Gilmore Middle School had been built on the site of the former Grass Valley Airport, and not a trace of the former airport remains.


More reading:
wikipedia/Lyman Gilmore


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