"I had always
been interested in flying machines. When I was a boy I made all kinds
of kites, and used to think how wonderful it would be if I could
just get up in the air and fly whenever I wanted." ~ A. P.
The Auto Club of America’s sixth annual event was held in New
York during January of 1906. The auto show included an aviation
exhibit. Warner attended the show as part of his Auto-meter
(speedometer) business. Both Augustus Herring and Glenn Curtiss were
early club members. Warner joined the group in the spring of 1906,
participating in club meetings as business allowed.
June 26, 1909, A. P. signed a contract purchasing an aircraft from
the Herring-Curtiss Aircraft Company for $6000. The aircraft would
be the third completed by Curtiss. The first, Curtiss built for the
Aero Club (Golden Flyer) and the second, Curtiss took to Rheims,
France, to compete in the meet there (Rheims Racer).
aircraft was the first sold to a private individual. The
Warner-Curtiss aircraft was exhibited at the St. Louis Centennial,
October 3 – 9, 1909. A. P. traveled to St. Louis to see his
airplane fly. Curtiss flew the airplane but only briefly on October
7. Following the St. Louis event the airplane was disassembled,
crated, and shipped to Beloit. Express charges totaled $200.
reassembled his airplane on the Morgan Farm, located just east of
Beloit. Warner commented that the assembly took longer than expected
as directions for assembly were not included. He finished the
reassembly on November 4, a warm day with some breeze. As might be
expected Warner was anxious to test the airplane. He reported, “I
thought I would keep it on the ground until I became familiar with
it, but on account of the wind, I unexpectedly took to the air, and
the first thing I knew I was flying.” Warner made three flights
that first day.
involvement in aviation continued in various ways. He served as
official timer at a number of aviation meets including Los Angeles
(1910), and Chicago (1912), among others throughout the country.
Warner invented the first airspeed indicator in 1910 and called the
device the Aero-meter. He used aviation extensively in his
company’s advertising efforts.
sold his airplane in 1913 to Joseph Seymour who flew it at various
exhibitions. Losing track of the airplane, he asked Curtiss of its
whereabouts. It was reported that the airplane was lost in a fire in
about A. P. Warner's personal life
and his business life.