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2015 Curtiss Seaplane Homecoming at Hammondsport, NY - Sept. 18-20

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Museum slates Seaplane Homecoming


August 19, 2015 by General Aviation News Staff 1 Comment

HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. — On Sept. 19, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State will pay tribute to the Father of Naval Aviation in its annual Seaplane Homecoming.


The event honors Glenn H. Curtiss, the first man to take off and land on water in an airplane. Curtiss inspired seaplane development and his ideas and contributions are used today in every seaplane flight. By 1911, Curtiss mastered the technology to make the first amphibian demonstration of a “seaplane†or “flying boat,†securing his title of “Father of Naval Aviation.â€


Activities begin at 10 a.m. at Depot Park on the lakefront in Hammondsport. This once-a-year event is free and open to the public. In addition to various seaplanes landing and taking off at the lakefront, activities include food and souvenir vendors, wine and beer tasting, live band and raffles, including a drawing for a seaplane ride.


Beginning at 1 p.m., aviation enthusiasts and visiting pilots will salute Curtiss with a seaplane parade around Keuka Lake that extends beyond the southern loop directly over the Curtiss gravesite in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.



Curtiss created the seaplane for the Navy, and the first one flew in the U.S. Feb. 25, 1911. This Triad laid the foundation for the A-1 Triad, which later in 1911 became the first airplane ever requisitioned by the U.S. Navy. It was named the Triad became it could operate in three dimensions—sea, air, and land.



Please join us at the south end of Keuka Lake the weekend of Sept. 18-20. (1 week after Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In). The water and sky will be busy with boats and seaplanes, as Hammondsport commemorates Glenn H. Curtiss’s creation of the seaplane. Replica seaplanes constructed at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum are flown each September at the three-day Seaplane Homecoming.

Friday no planned activities, but town docks and amphibian ramp available. Those who arrive have a great time in the local bars and restaurants. Vendors will be set up at Depot Park. Saturday local flying and the day’s main event, the Glenn Curtiss Salute seaplane parade around Keuka Lake. Unicom 123.45. A catered banquet dinner will be held at the museum on Saturday evening. Cocktail hour, dinner, guest speaker; all in the museum, seated amongst the antique Curtiss Hydroaeroplanes. Pilot and copilot free, others $35. 607-569-2160 or contact Jean Doherty

Be careful at the docks. If you pull in nose first there is no facing on the boardwalk. The floats can go under the boardwalk, exposing your prop and cowling to damage. If the wind is out of the north, making the docks unusable, there is a good beach on the southeastern shore. Amphibs may drive up the ramp just west of the docks. Landplanes: there is a small grass strip, Kolo Field, uncharted, about 1 mile south of town just east of Route 54. Try on 123.45 to get a ride, or call the museum.


The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is located in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is home to a priceless collection relating to early aviation, bicycle and motorcycle transportation and local history. The Museum celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, who is remembered as the father of naval aviation and the founder of the American aircraft industry. The museum, which is located at 8419 State Rt. 54 in Hammondsport, is open every Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm through October 31. For more information, visit the museum website at


(Pics from prior years event are linked in earlier posts.)

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I was at the museum for the first time last Labor Day w/e (2014).  What a facinating place!  Wish I could make it to this event year.

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