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October 5, 1914 to October 8, 1914 the town of Brownsville, PA
celebrated the opening of its new bridge over the Monongahela River with
a "Home Coming Week." On Thursday October
8, 1914 the
bridge was officially opened with all the appropriate
celebrations. One of the events was the visit of an airplane which
was considered one of the highlights of the day as airplanes were
considered a rare sight. The photos below are from this visit of
this airplane to Brownsville during the celebration, all the photos are
from the collection of the Brownsville Historical Society.
October 9, 1914, the day after the Brownsville celebration, JW wrote
that he saw his first flying machine as it flew down the Monongahela
River. My thoughts are that the airplane left Brownsville on Friday
the 9th and followed
the river for safety incase it needed to land, to it destination, probably
Pittsburgh. I believe the airplane shown above at Brownsville is the
"first flying machine" that JW Lynch saw, at 2:05 PM on Friday
October 9, 1914. I can only imagine the excitement of seeing a
machine fly in 1914, I have tried to think of an event that I have personally
witnessed that would be as exciting, I can not think of one even thought I
saw a man walk on the moon this was viewed on a TV, not in person.