Hall of Fame Inductee
John left his home town of Milwaukee in 1911 for flight training with Glenn Curtiss at North Island in San Diego, CA. Only 16 years old, Kaminski learned to fly hydro-aeroplanes, flying boats, and land based machines.
In April 1912, he qualified for Aviator Certificate No. 121 of the Aero Club of America to become the first Wisconsin native to earn a pilot's certificate.
His career came to an abrupt end in 1919 after his already failing eyesight was damaged in an accident while serving as a "soldier pilot" during World War I.
John G Kaminski pilot certificate
(photo courtesy George Hardie)
Kaminski at the controls of a Curtiss
(photo courtesy of George Hardie)