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Honor city's aviation innovation at First Flight Day

Posted Jan. 8, 2019

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Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 19 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth.

Aviation-themed activities are scheduled for the park at 2700 Mercedes Ave., and a balloon launch is planned for 1 p.m. The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will present its Wings Awards at 11 a.m. at a no-host luncheon at Blue Mesa Grill, 612 Carroll St. The awards honor groups and individuals who have made significant contributions to the aviation heritage of North Texas.

The City Council dedicated property in the Linwood Addition as public parkland and authorized naming the plot First Flight Park. The park honors the January day in 1911 when a Frenchman named Roland G. Garros lifted off in his Bleriot monoplane, marking the first powered flight from Fort Worth soil. Garros took off from the Fort Worth Driving Park, a racetrack situated near the current-day Montgomery Plaza off West Seventh Street.

The park features a full-sized replica of a Bleriot XI measuring nearly 9 feet long with a wingspan of more than 25 feet.

A Texas historic marker was dedicated at the site in 2014.

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