Aviation in Miami

The First 100 Years

June 30, 2011 - July 22, 2012

On July 20, 1911, all of Miami gathered to witness an extraordinary event. Hired by future Mayor of Miami Everest Sewell, aviator Howard Gill climbed into the cockpit of a wood and cloth-winged biplane furnished by the Wright Brothers and flew it up, up and away into the blue skies above the Miami Golf Links -- performing the very first flight in the area. The rest, as they say, is history.

Aviation in Miami: The First 100 Years goes behind-the-scenes to explore the extensive engagement Greater Miami and its residents have had with the industry since this historic first flight. The exhibition addresses the evolving concerns of the aviation industry throughout the twentieth century and how they were tackled by developers, promoters, pilots and the hundreds of thousands of Miamians who were involved in the field.

On view are artifacts from famous aviators such as Glenn Curtiss, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker and Amelia Earhart and airlines such as Pan American World Airways and Eastern Airlines.

Guest curated by Antolin Garcia Carbonell.


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View the Online Exhibition

This online exhibition is organized around several of the key issues in the aviation industry during its twentieth century development and how they impacted Miami and its people.

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