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 Roy Knabenshue

Roy Knabenshue

Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA
Death 6 Mar 1960 (aged 83)
Temple City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Portal of the Folded Wings
Memorial ID 6669 · View Source
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Aviation Pioneer. Born Augustus Roy Knabenshue in Lancaster, Ohio, he is regarded as the Father of aerial transportation. As one of the first in America to pilot a steer-able balloon, he piloted the first successful dirigible flight in America at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. In 1905, he was the first to make a dirigible flight over New York and flew to a height of 2000 feet, returning to land at his takeoff point. After working as the general manager for the Wright Brothers, he went west and built the first passenger dirigible, a 13-passenger airship. From 1933 to 1944, he worked as an air observer for the National Park Service and continued aeronautical research until his death. He is also a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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1876 - 1960
America's First Dirigible Pilot
St. Louis, MO, Oct. 24, 1904
Father of Aerial Transportation
Built First Passenger Dirigible in U.S.




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