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McGoey's wreck, Langdon, N.D.
McGoey's wreck, Langdon, N.D.
TitleMcGoey's wreck, Langdon, N.D.
Date of Original1911-08-11
CreatorHultstrand, Fred, 1888-1968
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionMan standing by airplane which has crashed. Large crowd gathered around wreck.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Aircraft accidents
Air pilots
Personal NameMcGoey, Thomas
LocationLangdon (N.D.)
Cavalier County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2000.291.56
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 14 cm.
Transcription"... and by private subscription secured the Kenworthy-McGoey aeroplane from Grand Forks, which entertained the crowds on Thursday and Friday. While Mr. McGoey's engine was acting up, as gasoline engines sometimes will, he made a very successful flight on Thursday and the following day's flight would no doubt have been fully as successful had he cleared the fair buildings in starting. As it was however, his machine caught on the stalls on the north side of the grounds, just as he was starting over the fair grounds, and coming down so suddenly his machine was badly demolished. The aeroplane fell in among the livestock and where a large number of people had been standing only a moment before, but fortunately no one was hurt not even McGoey himself. Regardless of this accident and failure to fly on the second day, the people seemed well pleased with his performance of the preceeding day, when they had an opportunity of seeing a real aeroplane in operation, and no one begrudged the money that had been spent for the attraction"--Cavalier County Republican, August 17, 1911.
NotesTitle printed on front of postcard.
Biography/HistoryThomas McGoey was born in 1877 at Toronto, Canada and came to the Red River Valley of North Dakota in 1887. He married Mary Corrigan and they lived in Grand Forks, N.D. where he worked in electrical contracting. He is credited as being the first resident of North Dakota to pilot his own airplane, making the first successful flight on July 12, 1911.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionRonald Olin North Dakota Postcard Collection 2000
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2000.291.56)
Digital IDrs003729
Original SourcePostcard
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