||CAPTAIN BALDWIN MEETS GLENN CURTISS
Captain Thomas S. Baldwin, California's pioneer dirigible balloonist, brought Curtiss into the flying fold by ordering one of the lightweight
Curtiss motorcycle motors for his nonrigid, gas-inflated, cigar-shaped airship. Baldwin built more than a
dozen dirigibles, all equipped with Curtiss motors, and in the summer of 1908 delivered a specially constructed military model to the
Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Washington. With Baldwin operating the controls
from the rear of the skeleton framework and Curtiss, balanced up forward, looking after the motor, the craft easily met government
specifications in a two-hour flight over the Virginia countryside.
FIRST FLIGHT BETWEEN NEW YORK & ALBANY
The New York World in 1909, announced a prize of $10,000 for the first flight between New York and Albany. Two attempts by
dirigible, one by Thomas Baldwin and one by George T. Tomlinson, had ended in failure.