First Forest Patrol Flight

First Forest Patrol Flight (HMO26)

Location: Boulder Junction, WI 54512 Vilas County
Country: United States of America

N 46° 3.811', W 89° 38.774'

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First Forest Patrol Flight was made from Trout Lake by Jack Vilas June 29, 1915. Vilas was commissioned "Official Aviator" by the Wisconsin State Board of Forestry (now Wisconsin Conservation Department) and on his own request received no salary other than "many thanks." During July and August, 1915, patrol flights were made almost daily in a Curtiss Flying Boat. Vilas had shipped his plane from Chicago to Trout Lake by train. In those days the 350 mile flight from Chicago would have taken several days and a crew of special mechanics following in a train, to keep the "flying machine" going. The flights from here by Jack Vilas marked the first time anywhere that an aircraft was used in detecting and locating forest fires and patrolling large forest areas.
Erected 1955
HM NumberHMO26
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number34
Year Placed1955
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 9:24am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 295333 N 5104509
Decimal Degrees46.06351667, -89.64623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 3.811', W 89° 38.774'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 3' 48.66" N, 89° 38' 46.44" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4469-4523 Co Hwy M, Boulder Junction WI 54512, US
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