Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Wright Brothers on Long Island
The Wright brothers at the International Aviation Tournament, Belmont Park, Long Island, N.Y., Oct. 1910. The tournament was an 8 day long competition where enthusiasts competed for altitude, speed, distance, longest duration in the air and various other feats. There was the Statue of Liberty flight which was a $10,000 prize donated by Thomas F. Ryan to the contestant who flew the fastest from Belmont Park around the Statue of Liberty and back. A total of $60,000 in prize money was awarded during the tournament.