JUNE 10, 2010

On October 13, 1910, the Glenn Curtiss, Model D “Pusher” was the first powered aircraft flown over Idaho. Pictured, is Glenn Curtiss, (May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) who was an American aviation pioneer and founder of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, now part of Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

A replica of Glenn Curtiss’ Model D Pusher is being built by volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 388, of Lewiston. The plane will be on display at the Orofino Airport during the Young Eagles Rally Saturday, June 12.

Kids fly free Saturday

By Johnny Stewart

   Saturday, June 12, has been designated International Young Eagles Day worldwide. To celebrate this event, youngsters ages 8 through 17 may take a free 15-20 minute flight from the Orofino Airport with a qualified pilot.

   The Young Eagles Program was initiated by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1992. Since that time, more than 1.5 million youngsters have taken advantage of this opportunity and have chosen a career in aviation. Flights are provided through the generous volunteer efforts of the EAA members.

   Additionally, Governor C.L. (Butch) Otter has proclaimed October 2010, to be Idaho Centennial of Flight Month. On October 13, 1910, a 1909 Glenn Curtiss Model D Pusher aircraft was the first powered aircraft to fly over Idaho. A replica of this airplane is in the final stages of construction and is now ready for the application of the fabric covering. All of the work to complete this project is being accomplished by volunteers of EAA Chapter 328 in Lewiston. A model for the Curtiss Pusher will be on display at the airport during the Young Eagles Rally in Orofino. Donations to this project are appreciated.

   Local pilots will be flying children from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Those who wish to participate must have a parent or guardian with them to sign a waiver prior to the flight. For additional information, you may call Johnny Stewart at 476-4647.