Airplane belonging to Adolph Sutro, which he used to set several international records, including a speed record of 51 miles per hour in
1913. Fireman's Fund insured the airplane.
Reference 3-1-0-4-13, 0227.
Editor's Note: This photograph comes from the website of the Fireman's Fund, Heritage Server, Image Bank. You will find this site to be a treasure house of historic stories and photographs which will be of great interest to the history buff. I heartily recommend that you visit it by clicking on:
Friday, June 1, 2001
Thanx for your response, whom of the relatives did you contact? How did
you find out he died in 1980?
I have some more tidbits for you:
Adolph G. (as in Gilbert) Sutro was the grandson of former S. F. mayor
Adolph H. Sutro. He was born in 1891 and in his last years, he lived on
Madeira/Portugal. I have an article written by himself about a
three-worldrecord-breaking flight in his hydro-aeroplane in 1913,
however, have yet to find a photo of his.
Let me know when you get news on this one.
Friday, June 1, 2001
I do give you autho to go ahead. Please use my email address
tell you that according to the Sutro Family Tree, A. G. Sutro died in1981
in Funchal/Madeira, which is an island belonging to Portugal.
I am preparing a walk for the National Park Service at Crissy
Field/Presidio called "The other Adolph Sutro" which will introduce A. G.
Sutro as the "forgotten" aviator. I will make sure you get more info, as
I go along.
Here is a picture you may want to link:
How does this look to you?
Influenced largely by his Navy flying friends and Glenn Curtiss, Waldo decided that an engineering education and background was what he should have to attain his aviation goals, and so he entered the University of California as a student in mechanical engineering, in the fall of 1912, where he earned extra money during vacations working for Early Birds Adolph Sutro, Chas. Patterson, T. C. McCauley and the Hall Scott Co. When World War One broke out, Waldo went immediately to San Diego to offer his services, but when the Medics took one look at his broken ankles and flattened feet, they said "no." He was offered the job back at the U. C. campus as Head of the Dept. of Theory of Flight, School of Military Aeronautics, which he accepted. While he was there, many of his students later attained great fame. Owing to the repetitious teaching, Waldo wanted to get into something else, so he went to work for the U. S. Aircraft Corp., who had a contract t o build 100 Jennies. He ended up as Chief Engineer, and was retained to liquidate the Corporation at the end of the War.
October 1962, Number 69
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of members, 1966