Meetings that we don't write about...


This site only covers competitive events. During the first years of aviation there were many other "aviation 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. We also don't cover prizes offered for pioneering flights

Below you will find a list of some such non-competitive events, and some events that simply didn't happen. 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.

Grande Semaine d'Aviation det 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(?), 1909)

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 on September 22nd

Flugwoche Cöln
(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.

First Phoenix Aero Meet
(Phoenix, Arizona, USA, February 10th - 12th, 1909)

Paulhan and the Wrights cancelled their appearances at a late stage, but Curtiss pilots Hamilton and Willard made display flights and raced cars and motorcycles. No competitive events.

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 was a prize set up for a pioneering flight and not a competitive event.

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 sanctioned by the French Aéro-Club already during the winter of 1910 and still appeared in lists of meetings published in May. There are no reports in the aviation press of any flights in Vichy on those dates, so the meeting was probably cancelled.

Danziger Fest- und Flugwoche
(Danzig, Germany, June 11th - 19th, 1910)

Hans Grade and Emil Jeannin made non-competitive flight displays during the festival, which also included balloon and airplane model contests and many sports, musical and cultural events.

Indianapolis Aviation Meet
(USA, June 13th - 19th, 1910)

Orville Wright and the Wright display team (Brookins, Johnstone, Hoxsey, Welch, La Chapelle and Coffyn) and a couple of other flyers made 55 official flights. Walter Brookins set a new world altitude record, but no competitive events are known.