Canton’s Pioneers in Flight

By Kimberly A. Kenney


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Canton boasts a rich aviation heritage, reaching back to the earliest pioneers of flight. Local resident Frank S. Lahm founded the Aero Club of Ohio here and his son Frank P. Lahm worked with the Wright brothers on some of their earliest test flights. William Martin’s monoplane, the first single-wing airplane in the world, was invented here. Other Canton firsts include Martin’s wife Almina, the world’s first female airplane pilot; Bernetta Miller, one of the first women to earn a pilot’s license; and Louise Timken, the first woman to own and operate a private jet. The Timken Company developed a steel alloy here that allowed planes to fly at higher altitudes.

About the Author

Kim Kenney earned her Master of Arts degree in history museum studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. She became Curator of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in October 2001 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2019. She has authored eight books, and her work has appeared in the Public Historian, White House History, The Repository, the Boston Globe, Aviation History and Mused.

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Product Information

Publisher : Arcadia Publishing; Illustrated edition (January 9, 2008)
Paperback : 160 pages
ISBN : 978-0738525228
Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
Dimensions : 6.68 x 0.41 x 9.16 inches

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Weight 13.9 oz
Dimensions 6.68 × .41 × 9.16 in