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Thomas Benoist, Pioneer Aviator
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Hilton Theater - EAA Museum
Presenter: Gary Liming
Story of Thomas Benoist, a worthy competitor of both the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, who was responsible for many firsts in aviation, including the world's first regularly scheduled airline, designer and manufacturer of the first successful tractor aircraft in the U.S., whose aircraft set several distance records, founder of the world's first aviation supply company, and designer of many models of aircraft from single seat to 7 passenger aircraft, all prior to World War I.