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post #1 of 13 Old 09-28-2009, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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I visited the Glenn H Curtiss Museum and was impressed. It's actually worth parking your Vstrom and not riding for 2 or 3 hours just to visit.
If you like to see some history and development of engines, motorcycle, boats or airplanes it's an excellent museum.
Seeing a V8 powered bicycle contraption that made Glenn the fastest man on earth at 136mph in 1917 is awesome. The museum shows his genius, his wild side, his entrepreneurial and business skills develope into the Curtiss aircraft production during WWII.

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oops ... before I get corrected:
1907 world speed record of 136.36mph

And among other many other inventions of his we all use the handle bar throttle control.

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That one's been on my list to get to for a couple of seasons now.
The ride through Letchworth State Park not far from there is a pretty nice tour as well.
Wasn't it Curtis that developed the shape of the hull/fuselage for the first successful seaplanes as well?

Good to hear its worth the trip, so it stays near the top of my list of possible long-weekend get a ways!

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That one's been on my list to get to for a couple of seasons now.
The ride through Letchworth State Park not far from there is a pretty nice tour as well.
Wasn't it Curtis that developed the shape of the hull/fuselage for the first successful seaplanes as well?

Good to hear its worth the trip, so it stays near the top of my list of possible long weekend get-aways!

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Glenn Curtiss was also a board-track racer before getting into aviation. Don't know about the amphib hull design, but he was definitely a real innovator....his aircraft used a simple and effective control surface on the wings to control roll, as opposed to the Wright's "Wing Warping" technology of the time (twisting the whole wing surface via cables...not the simplest or most confidence-inspiring way to go). The Wrights claimed patent infringement and a long, ugly legal battle ensued....I think the Wrights won, but anyone who's looked out the window at the wing of an airliner knows which method prevailed.

It's kind of ironic that the two companies later merged to become Curtiss-Wright before WWII. Nothing against Orville and Wilbur, but they were cagers by comparison, so it's proper that Glenn's name got first billing in the merger. Ride on, Glenn.

Hadn't ever been to this museum but will have to look it up if ever in the area - thanks for mentioning it, 568v8 !

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Curtiss was in cahoots with Alexander Graham Bell, supplying the engines to many of his inventions. Bell invented the hydrofoil and many other things displayed in the museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia ... I was there in June. Curtiss is credited with over 500 inventions, most being derived from his genius and passion with gas engines.

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oops ... before I get corrected:
1907 world speed record of 136.36mph

And among other many other inventions of his we all use the handle bar throttle control.
I loved that place! When you compare that motorcycle to what we ride, that dude was as brave as he was genius.

For you airplane people, they have a sea plane fly-in/gathering there in the late summer.
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the bully hill vinyard as well, I have been to the curtiss museum many times. they also have one of the best military uniform collections in the us, boat motors, model steam engines, sewing machines....

It is kind of like walking through a dusty old collection of stuff, many different collections from many different people have been donated over the years.

I really hope you hit the corning glass museum while you were there, it has the best collection of glass in the world from roman and Egyptian glass to the cracked first blank for Palomar telescope.
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Funny you should mention the Corning museum of glass. I drove down east (NS) this summer, through the states, and stopped at the CMOG. On my way there (or just after?) I saw the signs for the Curtiss museum but didn't really have time to stop. I think I'm going to have to take another trip down that way, maybe on the bike this time, to see that museum. The CMOG was pretty cool.
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Curtis Museum, Bully Hill, Corning Glass, you're forgetting Watkins Glen. It's nice to hear people say something positive about where I grew up. The finger lakes are gorgeous in the summer. I usually return the area with lots of dread due to the economic disaster that is Upstate New York. But I'm glad to see it appreciated.


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