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Beckwith Havens

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1910 Beckwith Havens joined the Curtiss Aeroplane Co as the first aeroplane salesman at the age of twenty.

1911 He was taught to fly by Glenn Curtiss and made his first solo flight May 1, 1911 at Hammondsport, NY. He joined the Curtiss Exhibition Team in June and during 1911-13 made exhibition flights in 13 states and Cuba.

1913 He won the Great Lakes endurance race from Chicago to Detroit via Mackinaw, the first long distance race in this country in a flying boat, then he continued on to New York. For this race he was awarded the Aero & Hydro Trophy.

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