Viewing page 6 of 19


Pioneer Curtiss Exhibition Pilot


Information is lacking relative to the date and place of this man's birth, education and early life, but reportedly during the early 1900's he was a manufacturer of trunks and suitcases.

In ill health and crippled by rheumatism, in 1912, at age 50, he decided to learn to fly deliberately for his health. As a result he became a student at the Curtiss Flying School, Hammondsport, New York in the first spring class about April 1st, 1913, where he was taught to fly by Francis "Doc" Wildman. He was one of a large class and was flying by mid-May.

Luckey joined the Curtiss Exhibition Flyers later that month and flew his first public exhibition date at Hershey, Pennsylvania on May 30th. From there he flew with R.V. Morris and Charles Niles at Kingston, Ontario, Canada on June 3d. Following this all three men remained in Canada filling dates until after July 4th. Later that month Luckey flew a hydro at Charleston, North Carolina for an extended engagement at a resort, then at the conclusion of the contract he changed his plans to land gear and remained at the Isle of Palms for another week.

On October 13th Luckey won the $2500.00 New York Times Round-Manhattan Race in competition with Charles Niles, C.M. Wood, Tony Jannus and J.G. Gilpatric. The 57 mile event started from Staten Island, then across New York Bay to the East River, up the east side of Manhattan, through the Harlem River to the Hudson, then

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact