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Seaplane homecoming returns this weekend

    HAMMONDSPORT—The Seaplane Homecoming Splash-In returns to Hammondsport this weekend, with a few changes.
    It will be Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 18. The purpose of the Seaplane Homecoming is to honor the man, Glenn Hammond Curtiss, who inspired men to pursue Seaplane development. This year is also the 100th anniversary of naval aviation.
    The majority of the weekend’s events will take place Saturday at Depot Park and at the fire department hall in the morning. Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Director Trafford Doherty said Depot Park will feature several air craft pieces on display.
    One will be the A-1 Triad, built by the museum restoration shop. Doherty said it will not be flown this year. Most years the featured replica aircraft has been taken off from the lake at Depot Park and flown. However, the Triad was damaged earlier this year in a test flight. Doherty said it has been repaired, but it is not flight ready. An OX-5 engine will also be on display. Doherty explained most Curtiss engines have this same engine, including the A-1 Triad. One other exhibitor Doherty mentioned was Dale Kramer’s electric, amphibious aircraft.
    One difference this year is that no seaplane rides will be for the public. Doherty said the fuel costs involved were getting high. However, he added that there will be tethered hot air balloon rides on Saturday, starting at 7 a.m.
    The seaplanes arrive on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast and children’s games at the fire hall, from 8 to 11 a.m. The Triad and OX-5 engine will be on display at Depot Park starting at 9 a.m. The Glenn Curtiss Salute and memorial fly takes place at 1 p.m. Seaplanes will take off from the water and fly north from Hammondsport to pass over Curtiss’s grave. The events at Depot Park continue until 5 p.m. On Sunday, the planes depart.
    The Curtiss museum will be open for regular hours, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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