May 4 - 6, 2009
Wisconsin Aviation Conference
Ramada Inn Convention Center
Eau Claire, WI
The 1/4-scale model of the Warner-Curtiss aircraft will be unveiled in the WAHF exhibit booth during the conference. Additionally, Rose Dorcey will present, "The First Thing I Knew, I Was Flying."

The short, lively presentation tells about Wisconsinís first aviator, A.P. Warner, and how he brought Wisconsin into the age of aviation. Learn why the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame celebrates his accomplishments today, and how you can celebrate, too.

Registration information and other conference details are available at the conference website.


May 8 - 15, 2009
Second Floor Rotunda
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will be located on the second floor of the rotunda near the south staircase and adjacent to a Liberty Bell replica. The exhibit includes an educational display that tells the A.P. Warner story

Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol website for hours, photos, guided tour information, and a virtual tour.


May 16
EAA Chapter 60
Fly-in Breakfast at Beloit Airport (44C)
Beloit, WI
Volunteers from this Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter spent more than five months building the Warner-Curtiss model. WAHF is indebted to them for their tireless efforts and craftsmanship. Visit their website for their story of the Warner-Curtiss build project. See their work and have breakfast in Beloit on Saturday beginning at 7:00 AM.


May 29 - 31, 2009
Southern Wisconsin 2009 AirFEST
Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (JVL)
Janesville, WI
The US Navy's Blue Angels will headline this air show. A static display of more than a dozen military aircraft will also be available for examination. The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will be on display at Blackhawk Technical College's Aviation Campus.

Read the Wisconsin Aviation History blog article regarding the Southern Wisconsin 2009 AirFEST.


June 6 - 7, 2009
Thunder on the Lakeshore
Manitowoc County Airport (MTW)
Manitowoc, WI
The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will be visiting EAA Chapter 383 during this popular air show. The exhibit will be located in the chapter's hangar (Hangar 22) where the group will provide pancake breakfast each day.

Additional details are available at the air show's website.

Access the Wisconsin Aviation History blog article to read more about the 2009 Thunder on the Lakeshore air show.


June 8 - 19, 2009
Oshkosh Chapter, Women in Aviation
Wittman Regional Airport (OSH)
Oshkosh, WI
The Oshkosh Chapter of Women in Aviation will hear "The First Thing I Knew I was Flying", the A.P. Warner story as part of its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 PM The meeting will be held in the airport's conference room located in the terminal building. The public is invited to attend. More information is available on the press release.

The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will have an extended stay in Oshkosh. The exhibit is available for viewing during normal airport business hours.


June 19 - July 7, 2009
Wings and Wheels
Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (SBM)
Sheboygan, WI
The 19th annual Wings and Wheels pancake breakfast is scheduled for Father's Day, June 21. This flyer provides all the necessary details. EAA Chapter 766 sponsors the long-running event. The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will be on display in the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin.

Read the blog article for the full story about the Wings and Wheels event.


July 9 - July 19, 2009
Balloon Rally
Wausau Downtown Airport (AUW)
Wausau, WI
Just in time for the Wausau balloon rally, the Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will visit the Wausau Downtown Airport beginning July 9. John Chmiel, and his extraordinary staff at Wausau Flying Service, will host the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display in the airport's terminal building. 

On Wednesday, July 15, Michael Goc will present "The First Thing I Knew I was Flying", the A.P. Warner story. The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in the airport terminal. The public is encouraged to attend. The press release provides additional information.


July 27 - August 2, 2009
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009
Oshkosh, WI
The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will be on display in EAA's AirVenture Museum during the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Visitors to the museum will find the exhibit among other Glenn Curtiss displays. Descending the stairs as you enter the museum, continue past the Wright - Kitty Hawk display, then look to your left.

Daily presentations by WAHF members and EAA Chapter 60 members involved in building the model are planned. Check daily AirVenture schedules for latest details.


August 5 - August 31, 2009
La Crosse County Historical Society Swarthout Museum
La Crosse, WI
The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit will have an extended stay at the La Crosse County Historical Society's Swarthout Museum in downtown La Crosse. Michael Goc, Wisconsin historian and author, will be presenting, "The First Thing I Knew I was Flying", the A.P. Warner story and La Crosse area aviation history on Monday, August 5. The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM at the museum. Additional details are available on the press release or at the museum's website.


September 1 - September 22, 2009
Wisconsin Aviation
Dane County Regional Airport
Madison, WI
Jeff Baum, longtime WAHF supporter and life member, asked to host the Warner-Curtiss exhibit. We are happy to oblige. Wisconsin Aviation's Madison location is the state's busiest general aviation terminal. The Jet Room Restaurant is located inside the terminal, an excellent restaurant owned by WAHF member-supporters Pat and Pam O'Malley.

Tom Thomas, WAHF board member, will present, "The First Thing I Knew, I Was Flying" on Monday, September 14. The presentation will be given twice, first at 4:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.


September 23 - October 15, 2009
Atlantic Aviation
Waukesha County Regional Airport - Crites Field
Waukesha, WI
It is only fitting that the Warner-Curtiss model and display visit Waukesha. Dale and Dean Crites, the field's namesakes, flew early Curtiss models. The brothers proved invaluable resources when the Glenn Curtiss Museum looked for assistance in locating a Curtiss seaplane.

Rose Dorcey will present, "The First Thing I Knew, I Was Flying" on Tuesday, September 29. The presentation will be held at Atlantic Aviation and begins at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. See the press release for additional details.


October 17, 2009
WAHF Induction Banquet and Ceremony
EAA AirVenture Museum
Oshkosh, WI
The 24th annual ceremony salutes the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame's 2009 inductees. The evening will include recognition of EAA Chapter 60 from Beloit/Janesville and other partners involved in Wisconsin's Centennial of Flight celebration. The Warner-Curtiss exhibit will be on display in the Eagle Hangar of the museum.

The event is open to the public. View the invitation that provides details, an event schedule, and a registration form See the press release for other details. You can also make a reservation to the ceremony by contacting Keith Glasshof at 715-832-6379.


October 19 - November 2, 2009
Second Floor Rotunda
Wisconson State Capitol
Madison, WI
A second visit to the state capitol as the Warner-Curtiss display makes its last stop before the Centennial celebration concludes in Beloit. The display will be located on the second floor of the rotunda, near the south staircase.

Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol website for hours, photos, guided tour information, and a virtual tour.


November 4 and 7, 2009
Wisconsin Centennial of Flight Celebration
Beloit, WI
The centennial celebration concludes with two days of activities in Beloit. Participation in the celebration is free; no registration is required. The public is encouraged to participate in all of the following events: 

Wednesday, November 4
9:00 AM
Morgan Elementary School
Program incudes: rededication of historical marker, recreation of Warner flight, and fly-over by Wisconsin Air National Guard. Both flights are weather dependent.

5:00 PM
Beloit Historical Society
The program includes recognition of EAA Chapter 60 of Beloit, builders of the Warner-Curtiss model; and delivery of the model to the Beloit Historical Society. A reception will follow.

Saturday, November 7
3:00 PM
Eaton Chapel, Beloit College
Dr. Tom Crouch will present the centennial address, a reception will follow.

 

 

 

Warner-Curtiss education exhibit at Wisconsin capitol
Warner-Curtiss educational display inside Wisconsin capitiol
(WAHF photo)

 

EAA Chapter 60 members cooking pancakes
EAA Chapter 60 members serve breakfast
(Rose Dorcey photo)

 

Warner-Curtiss exhibit at Blackhawk Technical College Aviation Center
Curtiss-Warner exhibit at Southern Wisconsin 2009 AirFEST
(Tom Thomas photo)

 

 

Boeing PT-17 Stearman
A Boeing PT-17  Stearman performs at
2009 Thunder on the Lakeshore
(Tom Thomas photo) 

 

 

Crowd examines the Warner-Curtiss model
Crowd examines the Warner-Curtiss model after the presentation
(WAHF photo)

 

 

Centennial exhiit in Aviation Heritage Center of Sheboygan County
The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit at the Aviation Heritage Center
(WAHF photo)

 

 

Wausau Balloon Rally
Wausau Balloon Rally, July 9 - 12, 2009

 

Centennial exhibit in AirVenture Museum
The Wisconsin Centennial of Flight exhibit on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
(WAHF photo)

 

Swartout Museum, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Swarthout Museum
La Crosse, Wisconsin
(Fred Beseler photo)

 

 

Wisconsin Aviation terminal building
Wisconsin Aviation
Madison, Wisconsin
(Don Winkler photo)

 

 

Waukesha County Regional Airport terminal
Waukesha County Regional Airport
terminal building

 

 

maroon WAHF logo
WAHF logo

 

Wisconsin State Capitol building
Wisconsin State Capitol building
Madison, WI
(Tom Thomas photo)

 

 

 

Tom Crouch, PhD; Senior Curator, Smithsonian Institution
Tom Crouch, PhD
(submitted photo)