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George Gray made the first aeroplane flight to Saranac Lake in 1912.


Malone Farmer, January 30, 1918

Aviator George A. Gray, who drove an aeroplane from Malone to Saranac Lake, the first to make its appearance in the Adirondack mountains, and who married a young lady visitor in Saranac Lake, has enlisted his services and will be made a first lieutenant in the aviation corps. He has previously been inspector of aviation work at Detroit, Mich.


From History of the Adirondacks, by Alfred Donaldson

THE FIRST AEROPLANE

Exactly ten years after the first automobile brought wonder and consternation to the woods, the second miracle of locomotion swooped down upon them.

On October 3, 1912, George A. Gray of Boston, in a Burgess-Wright bi-plane, sailed over the crest of Whiteface and landed at dusk in a wheat field near Fletcher's Farm, northeast of the village of Bloomingdale. He had left Malone about an hour before, and, fearing the treacherous air currents of the mountains, had made the entire flight at an altitude of over 6,000 feet.

The news of his arrival spread quickly, and the following morning hundreds of automobiles visited the spot. . In one of them was old Paul Smith, who had come to gaze upon this last word — this fourth dimension — in the cycle of transportation which his long life had spanned— oxen, horses, autos, airplanes. He even asked for a ride in the airship, but the wind was blowing so hard that the request had to be denied.

The next day the aviator took his bi-plane to Saranac Lake, landing on the race-track just outside the village. He made this his headquarters for several days, giving exhibitions, carrying packages to surrounding camps, and taking passengers on short flights. Among the adventurous was Miss Edith M. Steams, a young lady from Virginia, who was staying at Fletcher's Farm. She made a flight from there to Saranac Lake, and thereby established the record of being the first woman to aviate the Adirondacks. The trip proved so pleasant that a year later she became the wife of the aviator.

 

 

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