Meetings that are not covered by this site


"The First Air Races" only covers competitive events, not prizes offered for pioneering flights. During the first years of aviation there were many other "flying meetings" that either didn't include competitive events or where only a single pilot was engaged. Particularly in the USA "air show"-type events, often supported by only one of the conflicting Wright and Curtiss teams, were more frequent than actual contests.

Below you will find a list of some such non-competitive meetings. If you don't agree and can provide further information we will consider them for more detailed coverage.

Concours d'Aviation de Dunkerque
(France, August 5th - 20th, 1909)

Prizes were announced for distance and altitude, but only one pilot (Paulhan) participated.

Semaine d'Aviation de Tournai
(Belgium, September 5th - 14th, 1909)

Prizes were announced for distance and altitude, and a list of several entrants was published, but only one pilot (Paulhan) made any flights.

Boulogne
(France, September 11th - 19th(?))

This meeting would have centered around a big prize for a double crossing of the English channel between Boulogne and Folkestone, but in the end there were no entrants. Only Ferber made any flights, and eventually crashed to his death there on September 22nd

Flugwoche Cöln (Köln/Cologne, Germany, September 30th - October 5th, 1909)
Blériot, Brégi, Delagrange, Dufour, Paulhan and Prévoteau made flights, but neither the program nor any reports contain reference to competitive events.

St Louis Centennial Aviation Meeting
(St Louis, Missouri, USA, October 4th - 10th, 1909)

A distance contest was announced, but cancelled because only one participant (Curtiss) was able to participate.

Grand Meeting d'Aviation
(Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, October 30th - November 1st, 1909)

No results or press reports are known from this meeting, but a nice-looking poster was published.

Hamburger Flugwoche
(Hamburg, Germany, November 1st - 7th, 1909)

Sánchez Besa, Edwards and Pequet made some flights at the Borsteler Rennbahn, but no competitive events are known.

First Cincinnati Aviation Meeting
(Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, November 12th - 14th, 1909)

Curtiss and Willard were entered and height and distance contests were announced. Due to strong winds it is uncertain whether any competitive flights were made, but Willard was awarded both prizes.

Journées d'Aviation à Planeyse-Colombier
(Planeyse, Switzerland, January 9th - 11th, 1910)

Swiss flyers Speckner, Carfaggi, Nigg and Dufaux made mainly unsuccessful tests in bad weather. No competitive events are known.

Niort Aviation
(Niort, France, March 27th - April 3rd, 1910)

De Lesseps, Busson, Noel, Champel and Bellot made several flights, but no competitive events are known.

La Crau
(Miramas, France, March 27th - April 3rd, 1910)

Métrot, Noguès, "Hauvette-Michelin" and Dufour made several flights in order to celebrate the opening of the airfield at La Crau. The meeting was hit by bad weather and rioting crowds, and no competitive events are known.

Spettacoli di Aviazione de Firenze (Florence, Italy, March 28th - April 7th, 1910)
Van den Born, Rougier, Cordonnier and Faccioli made several flights, but no competitive events are known.

Memphis Aviation Meeting
(Memphis, Tennessee, USA, April 6th - 10th, 1910)

Curtiss, Willard and Mars made several flights and Curtiss claimed a record for quick take-off, but no competitive events are known from this Curtiss-only meeting.

San Antonio Aviation Meeting
(San Antonio, California, USA, April 20th - 25th, 1910)

Curtiss and his company pilots Hamilton, Willard and Mars made several flights and first Curtiss and then Hamilton claimed new records for quick take-off. These two were awarded prizes, but no competitive events are known.

The "Daily Mail" London-Manchester Prize
(UK, April 27th - 28th, 1910)

The almost simultaneous flights of Paulhan and Grahame-White are often described as a race. However, it wasn't a competitive event but a prize set up for a pioneering flight.

Atlanta Aviation Meeting
(Atlanta, Georgia, USA, May 2nd, 1910)

Charles Hamilton was the only flyer present. He made several flights and raced an automobile.

Meeting d'aviation de Bordeaux
(Bordeaux, France, May 7th - 9th, 1910)

A national meeting was announced in the aviation press already during the winter, but apparently never came off.

Esperimenti d'Aviazione
(Bologna, Italy, May 22nd - 30th, 1910)

Van den Born, Olieslagers, Bidot and Vivaldi Pasqua made several flights, but no competitive events are known.

Meeting d'aviation de Vichy
(Vichy, France, June 5th - 12th, 1910)

A national meeting with a prize fund of 30,000 francs was announced already during the winter, but apparently never came off.