1907, Roy Knabenshue, famed aeronautical engineer and aviator, contract
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Roy Knabenshue (July 15, 1875 – March 6, 1960) was an American aeronautical engineer and aviator.
He was born on July 15, 1875 in Lancaster, Ohio, the son of Salome Matlack and Samuel S. Knabenshue. Samuel Knabenshue, an educator and political writer for the Toledo Blade for many years, served as U.S. consul in Belfast, Ireland, from 1905 to 1909 and as consul general in Tianjin, China, from 1909 to 1914.
In 1904, at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Roy Knabenshue piloted Thomas Scott Baldwin's California Arrow dirigible to a height of 2,000 feet (610 m) and was able to return to the takeoff point.
Knabenshue made many successful airship flights in 1905 at state fairs and also engaged in promoting public exhibitions. In August 1905 he flew his 69 ft. long Toledo II airship at Central Park in New York City, stopping all business and street traffic. Knabenshue's third dirigible was completed and flown in exhibitions at Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Worchester, Massachusetts and London, Ontario in 1907. In late 1907 Knabenshue... read more