Edward Armstrong

Edward R. Armstrong with his Seadrome.
Collection of Bruce Figarsky, 11-16-05


Hotel Carlton, Washington D.C., April 23, 1930
     Edward R. Armstrong is listed among the attendees to this meeting of the Early Birds. You may want to use the "FIND" function on "Armstrong" to locate his position on the page. You will see that he is listed as one of the members of the Membership Committee. If you read the whole article, you will get a feeling for what was happening at the time. You can access it by clicking on the title above.
by Joseph Bourque
     "Even his favorite boyhood author, science fiction writer Jules Verne, would have been impressed with the imaginative scale of Edward R. Armstrong's vision for transoceanic flight. In 1913, barely ten years after the Wright Flyer's first hop, Armstrong conceived a string of floating airports to sustain regular air service between America and Europe, each seadrome supporting a landing platform with services for aircraft and passengers. It was a grand scheme, daring in conception and bold in execution. It might have transformed the world.
     For the next decade, he perfected the design, dazzled financial backers and aviation experts, and secured commitments from major East Coast manufacturers. When his plan was ready, in mid-prohibition, he bought a bottle of Bourbon and set it on a shelf in his workroom, to be opened when the first seadrome became operational."

Editor's Note: The link to the website from which the above excerpt was taken, which was active on August, 2003, has become obsolete. As of January 7, 2004, I can't find any other links to his story.

Collection of Stéphane Sebile
Edward R. Armstrong

via email from Bruce Figarsky, 11-16-05
     Dear Mr. Cooper, I own Mr. Edward R. Armstrong's personal portfolio concerning his invention Seadrome. I have the original patents, blue prints, dozens of photos, and complete magazines that featured Seadrome. If you know of anyone who might be interested in purchasing this collection, please have them contact me at:
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Bruce Figarsky


via email from Bruce Figarsky, 10-3-09
Hey Everyone~
I was on TV due to an aviation/ oil industry collection that I own that once belonged to the inventor of what we now know to be Off Shore Drilling Rigs. It's was originally designed to be floating airports to be placed in the Atlantic Ocean for European air travel back in the day when propellered planes couldn't make the trip. Unfortunately I wasn't told by P.B.S.'s producers of the P.B.S. TV show "History Detectives" when the show was going to air. So I, and everyone else who I told, missed seeing it. It aired nationally Aug. 31st.. I'm very upset due to the fact that I plan to sell the collection, and wanted to use the show as a reference for anyone who might have been interested in buying it. P.B.S. agreed to give me advanced notice as to when it was going to air, more so than what their normal procedure calls for. The good news is that they have the episode running on their web site. Check it out...

Here’s the direct link to the episode featuring Seadrome: http://video.pbs.org/video/1229733006
Click on the Seadrome icon. (off shore drilling rig looking thing)

Here's the direct link to my collection: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigations/710_armstrong.html It just shows 4 or 5 photos. The collection has many more.

If you know anyone who is an aviation/ oil industry enthusiast, and who might be interested in purchasing it, please have them check out the link to the show. And not to waste anyone's time. I want $1,500,000.00 ($1.5 million dollars) for it. Have them call me. 631.813.7722



Edward R. Armstrong died in 1955
From The Early Birds of Aviation Roster, 1996

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