Aviation in Miami

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Douglas Beebe, Sylvia Beebe & Ron Infantino Douglas Beebe, Sylvia Beebe & Ron Infantino

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All of Miami gathered to witness an extraordinary event! Hired by future Miami Mayor Everest Sewell, aviator Howard Gill climbed into the cockpit of a wood and cloth-winged biplane furnished by the Wright Brothers and flew it up, up and away into the blue skies above the Miami Golf Links. That was July 1911, and the rest, as they say, is history. That story and lots more is told in HistoryMiami’s new exhibition Aviation in Miami: The First 100 Years, an 11-month long exhibition. Designed to resemble several aviation environments including a fuselage, a security screening checkpoint, and the setting for one of Miami’s early All American Air Maneuvers, Aviation in Miami explores the impact the aviation industry has had on South Florida throughout the twentieth century. See scale models of airplanes important in Miami’s history, such as the Wright model B (the first plane flown over the region) and the Lockheed 1011 (the Eastern Airlines 401 plane that crashed into the Everglades). Experience the multidimensional dynamics of flight in a computer flight simulator and view the special section of the exhibition that examines significant airline crashes and hijackings that have occurred in the region including the 1958 Cubana and the 1996 ValuJet crash. Aviation in Miami will be on view until July 22, 2012. History Miami is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. General adult admission is $8.00. For more information, visit www.historymiami.org.

Photos by Meg Pukel

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