Glenn Curtiss – U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 21, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Monday, May 21st.  Today marks the birthday of an important U.S. aviation pioneer who now is largely forgotten.  Glenn Curtiss was born in Hammondsport, New York.  He was the first U.S. motorcycle champion, setting a speed record of 136 miles an hour in 1907.

Turning to aviation, he set many speed and distance records in the first decade of powered flight.  Curtiss built the navy’s first aircraft, and later huge four-engined flying boats.  One, the NC-4, made the first transatlantic crossing by an airplane in 1919.

Glenn Curtiss held U.S. pilot’s license number one.  Today, just over 594,000 Americans hold pilot’s licenses.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at

Sources:  Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, p. 275
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1083

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SOURCE; U.S. Census Bureau