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Something To Do On Sunday: Lincoln Beachey Memorial

Aviation fans and historians will gather at Fort Mason Sunday for a brief service honoring an early aviator.

A century ago, on March 14, 1915, Lincoln Beachey, the most daring aviator of his day, crashed into San Francisco Bay off Fort Mason after the wings of his new Taube stunt plane failed during a dive.

Beachey’s death stunned a crowd of 50,000 watching from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

On Sunday, a small band of aviation enthusiasts and historians will mark Beachey’s pioneering achievements on the anniversary of his death.

Orville Wright, one of the two brothers who invented the airplane, called Beachey “the most wonderful flyer I ever saw — he’s the greatest aviator of them all.”


  1. I’d never heard of him before. Amazing guy. Sounds like he would have survived with a simple life jacket.

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