Seaplanes return to Keuka Lake
HAMMONDSPORT—The water and sky will be busy with boats and seaplanes, as Hammondsport commemorates Glenn H. Curtiss’s creation of the seaplane.
The Seaplane Homecoming is Friday to Sunday, Sept. 17 to 19, in Hammondsport. This annual event will again feature the flying of the 1911 A-1 Triad, a reproduction plane that flew in the homecoming from 2004 to 2006.
The event starts Friday, and weather permitting, there will be seaplane rides available at $60, from Depot Park. This continues Saturday, which is when a majority of the homecoming takes place. Vendors will be set up at Depot Park, and the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday’s main event is the Glenn Curtiss Salute, starting at 1 p.m. Seaplanes will leave Hammondsport, fly to Penn Yan and back, while also flying over Curtiss’ grave.
On Sunday, there will again be seaplane rides until noon. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registered seaplane pilots can also participate in flying to Owasco Lake for a lunch seminar.
According to the museum, the original A-1 Triad was the first seaplane and amphibious plane ever made. Triad stands for land, air, and water. Curtiss created the seaplane for the Navy, and the first one flew in the U.S. Feb. 25, 1911.
From 2007 to last year, the homecoming’s main attraction was a reproduction of the America, making its first flight at the 2008 event. Both the Triad and the America were built by volunteers from the museum restoration shop.
For more, visit http://www.glennhcurtismuseum.org.