Thursday, February 24, 2011

Remembering World's First Airmail Flight by American Fred Wiseman

As Petaluma prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Fred Wiseman flight with celebrations around town this weekend, some residents might be asking themselves, “Who exactly was Fred Wiseman?”

A Santa Rosa native, Wiseman moved to San Francisco and worked for Leavitt & Son auto dealership in the early 1900s. He raced Stoddard-Dayton race cars, and after winning the Vanderbilt Race in Indiana, he visited the Wright brothers of Dayton, Ohio, to see their aircraft.

He returned to Sonoma County inspired to . . .

Full story at: Press Democrat

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