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  1. Glenn Hammond Curtiss (May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) was an American aviation and motorcycling pioneer, and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. He began his career as a bicycle racer and builder before moving on to motorcycles. As early as 1904, he began to manufacture engines for airships.

    • Lena Pearl Neff (March 7, 1898 – until his death)
    • Aviator, Company director
  2. A man named Otto Kohl, who was a former employee of Curtiss’ and a resident of Hammondsport, decided that a museum needed to be opened up to honor the life of Glenn Curtiss. He set out to find a building and objects to display, and in 1961, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum opened in downtown Hammondsport.

  3. Glenn Hammond Curtiss, (born May 21, 1878, Hammondsport, N.Y., U.S.—died July 23, 1930, Buffalo), pioneer aviator and leading American manufacturer of aircraft by the time of the United States’s entry into World War I. Curtiss began his career in the bicycle business, earning fame as one of the leading cycle racers in western New York state. Fascinated by speed, he began to build ...

  4. May 22, 2015 · Curtiss took the motorcycle to the Florida Speed Carnival at Ormond Beach in January 1907. He recorded a record-setting speed of 218 kph (136 mph) during his run. He was dubbed "the fastest man on Earth." Glenn Curtiss at the controls of a Curtiss aircraft. Glenn Curtiss went on to make countless contributions to the field of aviation.

  5. Glenn Hammond Curtiss was a world famous aviation pioneer before becoming a land developer in South Florida. Born in 1878 in Hammondsport, New York, Curtiss was a contemporary of the Wright Brothers. Like them, he was interested in bicycles as a young man, and opened a bicycle repair shop in 1900. Intrigued by speed, Curtiss turned to ...

  6. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of Hammondsport’s favorite son, is located on State Route 54, one half mile south of the village of Hammondsport, New York. Dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator, Glenn Curtiss, the museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation and regional history.

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