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 Calbraith Perry Rodgers

Calbraith Perry Rodgers

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Apr 1912 (aged 33)
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 19, Lot 102
Memorial ID 889 · View Source
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Aviation Pioneer. He was an outstanding pilot whom made many contributions to long distance aviation. In August 1911, he won the $11,000 World's Grand Endurance Aviation Contest in Chicago staying in the air for 27 hours at intervals over a period of nine days. On September 17, 1911, from Sheepshead Bay, New York, he started the first transcontinental plane flight across the United States with a mail bag in his plane. He reached Pasadena, California, November 5th, 1911, being the first aviator to complete the 4,000 mile transcontinental flight. He died from injuries when he crashed into the ocean while doing an aerial maneuver before a crowd of 7,000 spectators at Long Beach, California. In 1964, he was inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 889
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Calbraith Perry Rodgers (12 Jan 1879–3 Apr 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 889, citing Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .