Curtiss Model D Unknown Aviator
Harry Atwood in Curtiss Model D (above)
Photo Courtesy of Roy Nagl
Ancient Aviators Website

     If you search for "Harry N. Atwood" using Google, (6-22-11), you will find about 7,380 links. Among the best are:

Selected Manuscripts from the Collections
of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

     On this website you will find a nice little biography of Atwood illustrated with two photographs. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

Harry N. Atwood on His Record Breaking Trip
from St. Louis to New York, 1265 miles, August 14 to 25, 1911
From the AEROFILES website.
You will also find an entry for Atwood, Carolina
the Carolina Aircraft Company.

1911 - For the first time, a pilot flew an airplane onto the lawn of the White House! Harry N. Atwood flew in to accept an award from President William Taft. There wasn't a National Airport at the time, you see. Today, if you land a plane on the White House lawn, you do so at your own risk. If you don't get shot out of the sky first, you'll probably receive a hail of bullets from the Secret Service as a welcoming salute. It's not that people don't keep trying. In 1994, a small plane crashed on the lawn and slammed into the White House, killing the pilot.
From Those Were The Days, Archive for July 14.
in the Today in History feature
from 440 International

     Although not an athletic activity, flying airplanes has long been a sport for Hampton, New Hampshire men and women. Pioneer aviator Harry N. Atwood flew his biplane over the town in May 1912 en route from Saugus, Massachusetts, to Portland, Maine. According to the newspaper, he came in low over the eastern part of town, then flew over the village "close enough to inspect the Dearborn monument. This was the first view of an aeroplane for many people in town." A few months later, people got a closer look at the plane when Atwood landed on the Hampton River in July. While flying along the coast, he had become lost in a fogbank off Rye Beach, circled around, and finally recognized Hampton River, where he landed. A highlight of the 1915 Carnival Week was aviator Chauncey Redding, who performed aerial stunts off the beachfront and took passengers for rides. For many years, Bob Fogg and his airplane were a popular attraction at the Beach, landing on the sand to pick up passengers for sightseeing trips.
This excerpt is taken from the online version of
Hampton" A Century of Town and Beach, 1888 to 1988
by Peter Evans Randall.
I hearlily recommend that you visit the site by clicking on the title.
The specific item is taken from
Chapter 20, Sports.
This anecdote of Harry Atwood was kindly provided by the
Lane Memorial Library
2 Academy Avenue, Hampton, NH 03842

by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Harry Atwood is mentioned in Chapter XXVII
of this Free Online Book
on the Book Rags site.
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100th Anniversary White House landing
July 14, 1911 to July 14, 2011

via email from Pete Jones, 7-7-11
Hi Ralph,
     Just in time for the 100th anniversary(July 14, 2011) of Atwood's landing at the White House South Lawn. It was a remarkable feat at the time captured in some great photos below. Amazing Atwood wasn't arrested but given a Gold Medal by President William Howard Taft.


The Life, Lies, and Inventions of Harry Atwood
by Howard Mansfield
Product Details
Hardcover: 264 pages
Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
Publisher: University Press of New England 03/1999
List Price: $26.00
Used Price: from $0.99
ISBN-13: 9780874518917
ISBN: 0874518911
By Pete Jones
"There's a book written about him called "Skylark: The Life, Lies & Inventions of Harry Atwood" by Howard Mansfield c.1999. I read this book years ago when it first came out and was surprised no mention of it here on the website. A very good read with some mention about Atwood's daughter, I think her name was Margaret, who was born in 1921 and was estranged from her father. Don't know if she's living or not, perhaps some of the other posters do."

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