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Glenn Curtiss, Pioneer of Flight
by Cecil R. Roseberry
Paperback Reprint edition (August 1991)
Syracuse Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0815602642

Glenn H. Curtiss : Aviation Pioneer
by Charles R. Mitchell, et al 
Paperback - 128 pages (July 2001)
Arcadia; ISBN: 0738505196

The Curtiss Hs Flying Boats (Profiles in Aeronautical History, Part 1)
by K. M. Molson, A. J. Shortt (Contributor)
Paperback: 147 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557501424; (July 1995)

Unlocking The Sky : Glenn Hammond Curtiss and the Race to Invent the Airplane
by Seth Shulman
In the American imagination, Wilbur and Orville Wright are "earnest, young bicycle builders who attacked an age-old technological problem with fresh, ingenious thinking and dedication." There is plenty of truth to this, writes Seth Shulman, but it also obscures an important fact: The first flyers were so secretive and desperate to cash in on their invention that their behavior actually "retarded" the development of aviation. One of their most brutish acts involved a punishing legal fight with Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the inventor of the aileron (wing flaps that stabilize an aircraft in flight), retractable landing gear, pontoons, and much else. Unlocking the Sky suggests that Curtiss deserves at least near-equal billing with the brothers from Dayton. He performed the first public flight in the United States, sold the first commercial airplane, and piloted the first flight from one American city to another. "Curtiss surely belongs in the pantheon of America's greatest entrepreneurial inventors," writes Shulman. Yet he's virtually forgotten today, except by aficionados of aviation history. He comes across as a pioneering hero on these pages--and the Wright brothers as thuggish would-be monopolizers. This may be revisionist history, but it's a history that perhaps could stand revising. --John J. Miller -
Hardcover from HarperCollins
Book Published: 03 September, 2002

Glenn Curtiss

Curtiss, Glenn Hammond (1878-1930), American aviator and inventor.
In 1907 (some sources say 1904) he rode a V8 powered motorcycle of his own design to the previously unheard of speed of 136 mph on a Florida beach, earning himself the title of "The fastest man alive". His involvement in aviation began when he flew a Curtiss powered Baldwin airship solo without any serious prior instruction. In 1907 he partnered with Alexander Grahame Bell to form the Aerial Experiment Association, and made his first powered flight on his 30th birthday, 21st May 1908,  in White Wing. In 1908 he won a prize for being the first for being first to fly in a straight line for more than a kilometer. In 1909 he won the international aviation meet at Reims, France, flying an airplane he had designed himself. Curtiss designed and built a number of the earliest seaplanes and flying boats. In 1919 his NC-4 became the first aeroplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The Fastest Man Alive
Curtiss V8 - Shaft drive, 40hp. Ormond Beach, Florida, 1907
Photograph courtesy of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, New York.

  The Art of the Motorcycle

Thomas Krens, Guggenheim Museum 
Comprehensive work based on the Guggenheim motorcycle exhibition of 1998, a tour de force. Covers over one hundred models, from the vintage 1923 BMW R32 to the modern Ducati 916.
An absolute must for the collector. Click Here for more information.

Curtiss, the Hammondsport Era, 1907-1915
by Louis S. Casey
(Hardcover - September 1981)
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Curtiss Aircraft, 1907-1947
by Peter M. Bowers
(Hardcover - December 1989)
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Pendulum : the story of America's three aviation pioneers--Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Glenn Curtiss, the Henry Ford of aviation
by Jack Carpenter
Paperback - 409 pages 1st ed. edition
ABC/Jack Carpenter; ISBN: 0960073612
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