"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. Warner

Aviation Involvement
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.

On 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).

Warner’s 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.

A. P. 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.

Warner’s 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.

Warner 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 New Orleans.

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