A "World Wonder" Comes to Green Bay
A "World Wonder" Comes to Green Bay. The Curtis Bi-plane aviators stand facing crowds as their aircraft is pushed into the Fox River, September 2, 1911. Through the cooperation of the Brown County Fair Association and the Green Bay Traction Company, a Curtis Bi-plane, also known as the Hydroplane, was brought to the De Pere Fair grounds for an exhibition flight from the Fox River. A large crowd came to the fairgrounds to see the aircraft deemed a "World Wonder" by promoters. After a lengthy wait, the aviator began to taxi along the river for fifteen minutes before lifting the craft about 150 feet - and crashing immediately. The Curtis Company apologized for the poor performance and promised to send another plane for a later demonstration. The next exhibition, however, never took place.