Taking Flight: The History of Aviation in the Great lakes Bay Region

Taking Flight: The History of Aviation in the Great Lakes Bay Region

Flying has fascinated man since the beginning of time. Long before the first flight, visionaries began to look for ways to take to the skies. The earliest form of man-made aircraft were kites flown in China around 1000 B.C.

Enter the industrial age. Man had better access to the materials needed to build better machines. Sir George Cayley was called the “father of the aeroplane” for his rigorous study of the physics of flight which led to the first modern heavier-than-air aircraft.

A Cabinaire airplane flies past trees.

A 1929 Cabinaire plane built in Saginaw.

Inventors around the world raced to make the first heavier-than-air flying machine. In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright were credited for making the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Human flight finally took off.

The Great Lakes Bay Region has been a hub for the innovation and progress of transportation since early settlers came to the area. So it’s not surprising that when aviation started to take flight, many of the pioneer pilots were racing to achieve an aviation first.

Lionel DeRemer sits at the controls of a biplane on the ground while another man stands nearby in a field.

Bay City pilot Lionel DeRemer.

This is a story of those men and women from the mid-Michigan area that were the first to soar into the sky and imitate their feathered friends. This is Taking Flight: The History of Aviation in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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