James C. Mars
Library of Congress Collection, 10-9-06

       If you search for "Bud Mars +aviation using the Google search engine,
(9-16-03), you will find about 91 links. Asof today, 2-19-11, there are 4,660!! Those listed below have been selected at random just to demonstrate the variety of information which is available.

     "A contingent from the Glenn Curtiss Aircraft Company of New York arrived in Honolulu on Dec 19, 1910 with two Curtiss "Pusher" aircraft disassembled and crated. They were on the first stop of a 30,000 mile aerial demonstration tour through Asia and Africa. The spectators on Oahu were to be charged $1.00 per head at the Moanalua Polo Grounds. The amount of "Freeloaders" on nearby ridges made the whole venture not worthwhile and the team left Hawaii somewhat disgruntled after only three days of flights.

     The description above introduces a display of 14 photographs from the archives of the 15th Airlift Wing History Office. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.,

J. C. "Bud" Mars
     This article was recommended to me by my friend Greg Powers. It is found on the Hawaii Aviation website and offers a very complete and interesting story of his experiences in Hawaii in 1910. It was excerpted from the book Above the Pacific by William J. Horvat, 1966. Included are two priceless photographs of the event. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.,

The Mystery of Korea's First Aviator
by Robert Neff
     This article on the OhmyNews International Korea website offers a fascinating revue of the introduction of aviation into Korea. Robert Neff has assembled a wealth of information regarding the several pioneer aviators, including Bud Mars, who introduced aviation to the Koreans in the early 1900's. He has found several vintage photographs which I think you find to be exciting. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.,

Curtiss pilot J. C. "Bud" Mars
     On this page of Jack Carpenter's wonderful site, Glenn H. Curtiss, Founder of The American Aviation Industry, you will find a picture of Bud, Mrs. Mars, Mrs. Glenn Curtiss and Mrs. Leonard Ely, Dominguez, 1910. You will find the photo partway down the page and you will probably want to scroll down, stopping to enjoy each of the other very fine photographs.

     The following paragraph was excerpted from:
"Iím Working on a Million Dollar Deal":
A Biographical Essay on Henry Woodhouse
by Jerry Kuntz
     "By 1918 there was overt confrontation between the factions. J.C. "Bud" Mars (who, by the way, was Alfred Lawson's first flying instructor) accused Woodhouse of being a murderer, and of defaming the Aero Club. Furthermore, he alleged that Woodhouse had registered for the draft, and then claimed exemption on "essential labor" grounds. In late 1918, an opposition faction tried to unseat then-president Wood and his cronies; but was unable to gain access to the membership list needed to collect proxy votes. Over the next two years, The Aero Club's influence waned as a result of the combination of infighting combined with the rise of other aviation organizations centered on WWI pilot veterans."
     If you read the whole fascinating story, you will find that Bud was deeply involved and played a primary role in the dispute. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
       As time permits, you will want to visit many of the other links. Most only offer brief mentions of Bud's activities, but taken all together, they help to fill out his story.  

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