Curtiss, Glenn Hammond (1878–1930)

Glen Curtiss

Curtiss in the seat of one of his biplanes.

Glenn Curtiss was an American aviation pioneer who began, as did the Wright brothers, by building bicycles. In 1908 he won a trophy for the first public flight of more than 1 kilometers (0.6 mile) in the US. Curtiss invented the aileron, built planes during World War I (1914–1918), and his JN-4 ("Jenny") was a well-known trainer. The first practical seaplane, built by him, first flew in 1911. His company and that of the Wrights merged to become the Curtiss-Wright Corporation.