Airship California Arrow, 1905
A year after the Wright brothers made their first flight, T S Baldwin engaged Glenn Curtiss to design and build a lightweight engine for his dirigible. He used the combination to beat a Pope Toledo (the fastest car on the west coast at the time) in a race from Chutes Park, Los Angeles to Pasadena.
He later sold the California Arrow to the US Government, this being their first aircraft purchase.
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