Woonsocket, R.I. Air Mail – 1953

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, First Airmail Flight – October 1, 1953

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Boston Radio Aero Show – 1928

Boston Radio Aero Show – 1928

Held at Mechanics Blvd. October 1-6, 1928

 

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Rhode Island Airport Locations – 1932

Rhode Island Airport Locations – 1932

     Below is a list of active airports in the state of Rhode Island in 1932, according to a state highway map issued by the state.   All but two of them are now defunct.  Those still in use are #5, Rhode Island State Airport, (Today known as T. F. Green Airport), and #9, Newport Airport, in Middletown, R.I.  

     #4 was called the Providence Airport, but it was actually located in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

     Absent from this list is the Smithfield Airport, which was located on property now occupied by Bryant University, and RICON Airport, located in Coventry, Rhode Island, near the Connecticut boarder.  (RICON Airport is still in use.)      

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The original hangar at the Smithfield R.I. Airport which opened in 1932.  Bryant University now occupies this land.

The original hangar at the Smithfield R.I. Airport which opened in 1932. Bryant University now occupies this land.

RICON Airport original Hangar, Coventry, Rhode Island

RICON Airport original Hangar, Coventry, Rhode Island

1930 Map Of The Providence Airport in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

1930 Map Of The Providence Airport in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Vintage Hillsgrove Airport Postcard. Today known as T.F. Green State Airport - Warwick, R.I.

Vintage Hillsgrove Airport Postcard.
Today known as T.F. Green State Airport – Warwick, R.I.

 

 

Providence Magazine Cover – 1930

Providence Magazine Cover – 1930

     As the cover states, the Providence Magazine was published monthly by the Providence Chamber of Commerce.  In March of 1930, the state of Rhode Island was in the process of developing Hillsgrove Airfield in Warwick into becoming the first state-owned airport in the country.   The magazine cover depicts the anticipated 90 minute passenger flights from Rhode Island to New York City. 

     Today, Hillsgrove Airport is known as T. F. Green Airport.    

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Rhode Island Aviation Heritage Association

Rhode Island Aviation Heritage Association

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     The Rhode Island Aviation Heritage Association was formed in 1989, and established the Quonset Air Museum in a former navy aircraft hanger at the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island.   The hangar was formerly occupied by General Dynamics Corporation/Electric Boat Division before it was turned over to the R.I.A.H.A. for use as a museum. 

     The R.I.A.H.A. is a sub-committee of the Rhode Island Heritage Commission dedicated to preserving Rhode Island aviation history.   

     The association was open to anyone with an interest in aviation history.

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Vermont State Fair Advertisement – 1892

Vermont State Fair Advertisement – 1892

     The Vermont State Fair held at Billings park in White River junction in 1892 featured a balloon ascension and “parachute drop on Thursday and Friday.”  This advertisement was in the St. Johnsbury Caledonian, September 1, 1892, Page 5.

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Coos And Essex Fair, N.H. Advertisement – 1912

Coos And Essex Fair, New Hampshire Advertisement – 1912

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Essex County Herald (Guildhall, VT.)  August 30, 1912

Essex County Herald
(Guildhall, VT.)
August 30, 1912

 

 

Cambridge Vermont Fair Advertisement – 1909

Cambridge Vermont Fair Advertisement – 1909

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The Bennington Evening Banner August 24, 1909

The Bennington Evening Banner
August 24, 1909

Close up of advertisement The Bennington Evening Banner August 24, 1909

Close up of advertisement
The Bennington Evening Banner
August 24, 1909

Strobel Airship - 1909

Strobel Airship – 1909

 

 

1912 Vermont State Fair Advertisements

1912 Vermont State Fair Advertisements

 

The Bennington Evening Banner September 13, 1912

The Bennington Evening Banner
September 13, 1912

Middlebury Register September 6, 1912

Middlebury Register
September 6, 1912

1912 Kingston, R.I. Fair Advertisement

          1912 Kingston, Rhode Island, Fair Advertisement

 

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Norwich Bulletin, (Ct.) September 12, 1912

Norwich Bulletin, (Ct.)
September 12, 1912

 

     The fair featured Massachusetts aviator Ruth Bancroft Law, (1887- 1970), licensed pilot #188 by the Aero Club of America.   At the time of this exhibition, Miss Law was a newly licensed pilot, having soloed just the month before. 

     Miss Law achieved fame on November 19, 1916, when she successfully flew non-stop from Chicago to Hornell, New York, a distance of 590 miles, and thereby set a new aviation long-distance record.  The flight took eight hours and 55 minutes.  The previous long-distance record had been set only 16 days earlier when Victor Carlstrom flew 453 miles from Chicago to Erie, Pennsylvania.

     In 1913, Miss Law announced her plans to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing from Newfoundland to the Irish coast, and planned to bring her brother along on the flight.  The flight was planned for July of that year, but it didn’t take place.             

     Ruth Law (Oliver) is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts.  To see photos of her go to www.findagrave.com, memorial #39047459  

     Much has been written about Miss Law and her career that can be found on other websites.

Grand Forks Herald, (N.D.) July 20, 1917

Grand Forks Herald, (N.D.)
July 20, 1917

 

     Sources:

     Norwich Bulletin, Kingston Fair Advertisement, September 12, 1912

     www.findagrave.com

     Topeka State Journal, “Fly Over The Sea”, May 1, 1913

     The Citizen, (Berea, Ky.) “Long-Distance Mark Broken”, November 23, 1916, pg. 8.  

     Grand Forks Herald, (No. Dak.) French Oils advertisement featuring Ruth Bancroft Law,  July 20, 1917.

 

 

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