A Glimpse of Things to Come
A hundred years ago, the International Air Meet gave spectators a look into the future.
- By Paul Hoversten
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 17, 2009
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Two years after the meet, the regular manufacturing of airplanes began in southern California when the two Loughead brothers, Allen and Malcolm, built and flew their three-seat seaplane (under a different spelling, their company became Lockheed).
Finally, all the publicity from the air meet—including movies of the races and demonstrations that were shown around the world—probably jump-started another industry for Los Angeles. Before the end of the meet, telegrams from all over the world poured into Los Angeles, requesting movie prints of the airplanes in flight. “The aviators were still packing their equipment when a vanguard of actors and technicians representing the New York Biograph Company arrived in Los Angeles to begin operations,” Neal wrote. “Hollywood's first studio, a converted barn, appeared the following year.”