Aviation

Following the Wrights Brothers’ successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, Quincy was in the forefront of the burgeoning aviation industry, with several early aeromeets held here. It was at a 1912 aeromeet in Quincy’s Squantum section that pioneering aviatrix Harriet Quimby was killed. The first woman to fly the English Channel, Quimby and her passenger, William Willard, fell from her plane as it nosed down over Dorchester Bay as thousands of spectators looked on in horror. Quincy later played host to yet another famous female aviator: Amelia Earhart, who once held a financial interest in Quincy’s Dennison Airport. Earhart disappeared in 1937 somewhere over the Pacific as she attempted to fly around the world.

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