|The Aeronautic Society of New York|
resulted in the reduction of the transportation charges on balloons by one half; and he
opened an agitation for the government control of the licensing of balloon pilots.
J. A. Moller designed the Society's Emblem, and has turned out a very handsome club
pin. A large number of designs were submitted, and that of Mr. Moller was voted the
best by a very large majority.
Louis R. Adams turned out a glider on a new and valuable principle, and greatly
promoted the interest in the classses at the West Side Y. M. C. A. by the presentation of a
silver cup for a model contest. C. J. Hendrickson has carried the art of gliding to a high
point by his continued experiments. The Brothers Witteman have been able to convert it
into a large business.
Those who have taken out patents, and those who have machines in embryo, are now
too numerous to mention. So also are those who have produced valuable models.
Some ballooning has also been done, and five members, Dr. Greene, Mr. Kimball,
Dr. J. P. Thomas, Leo Stevens, and A. Meixner, made the New England ballooning record
of 175 miles in 5 hrs. 59 min.
One of the greatest accomplishments of the year by a member was that brought off by
William J. Hammer, to whose great personal influence and tact, and his long and close friend-
ship with the Brothers Wright was entirely due those magnificent demonstrations of flight
made during the Hudson-Fulton celebration, which thrilled the ditizens of New York and
stirred the whole world, when Wilbur Wright made his remarkable flights around Gov-
ernor's Island, around the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and finally, on October
4th, 1909, when he made his epoch-marking flight of over twenty miles from Governor's Island
up the Hudson River to Grant's Tomb and back in 33 minutes and 33 seconds time, landing
within a few feet of the spot he had started from. The difficult task of negotiation
with the famous aviator, as well as the negotiations with Glenn H. Curtiss, were wholly
carried out by Mr. Hammer, as Secretary and expert of the Hudson-Fulton Commission
Aeronautic Committee, and the City of New York and the world of aviation owes him a
great debt of gratitude for the success which his patient persistence brought about.
Dr. Greene made a set of historical models illustrating the art right back to the earliest
efforts of the Chinese, which was the most valuable and interesting feature at the
Madison Square Garden Exhibition. Lawrence E. Dare constructed and sent out for
exhibition around the country two collections of models.