The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers Historical

The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers Historical (HM1X3D)

Location: Ewing, NE 68735 Holt County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 15.333', W 98° 20.638'

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Near here was the scene of some of Nebraska's earliest experiments with flight in a heavier-than-air vehicle. Sometime before late 1907, Martin P. Savidge's sons set out to construct a flying machine.

They began by studying hawks, then went on to build model gliders, then full size gliders, and finally a self-powered airplane.
The first public demonstration was successfully held on Sunday, May 7, 1911.

Following this success, the brothers spent five years barnstorming throughout the Great Plains.
Matt Savidge was among the first to develop a method of skywriting.
During these five years, the brothers built and flew three different biplanes.

After a barnstorming tour through Texas, the brothers returned home in the spring of 1916 to make repairs and adjustments on their plane.
During a test flight on June 17, 1916, the plane crashed, killing Matt Savidge.

After this tragedy, the family of the young fliers insisted that they give up their dangerous pastime.
Thus ended one of the earliest chapters of Nebraska aviation history.
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HM NumberHM1X3D
Placed ByEwing Betterment Club and Historical Land Mark Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 554113 N 4678358
Decimal Degrees42.25555000, -98.34396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 15.333', W 98° 20.638'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 15' 19.98" N, 98° 20' 38.28" W
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Area Code(s)402
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-275, Ewing NE 68735, US
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