It All Started with an Idea
In 1909 the automobile was still a novelty and only a handful of citizens believed that the flying machine was here to stay. Even their achievements at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903, were dismissed by the general public as the hallucinations of a couple of crackpots.
Among the leaders of this support movement were many notable civilian and military figures, many of whom met in July 1908 to discuss the founding of a scientific aeronautical organization. Cooperation of the Smithsonian Institute, the United States Weather Bureau and other government agencies was obtained.
We Prefer To Have Our Heads in the Clouds
On January 23, 1909, a meeting was held in the office of General Allen, Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army. Two days later, Articles of Incorporation were drawn up and filed with the office of the Recorder of Deeds in the District of Columbia. On the 25th of January 1909, the Aero Club of Washington was born.
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