1911 Chicago International Aviation Meet

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The 1911 Chicago International Aviation Meet (August 12 to August 20, 1911) was major aviation show held at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States in August 1911.[1][2]

Lincoln Beachey set a world altitude record of 11,642 feet at the meet.[3]

William R. Badger and St. Croix Johnstone[4][5] both died in aviation accidents at the meet.[6] The wings on Badger's biplane collapsed when he tried to pull out of dive too late, and Johnstone crashed into Lake Michigan after his engine failed.[1]


  1. ^ a b Souter, Gerry (28 June 2010) Guts and Glory: The Last Great Aerial Tournament, Chicago History Journal, Retrieved December 2, 2015
  2. ^ The Chicago daily news almanac and year book for 1912, 362–63 (1911)
  3. ^ Lynch, Christopher. Chicago's Midway Airport: the first seventy-five years (2002) (ISBN 978-1-893121-18-8)
  4. ^ Saint Croix Johnstone; findagrave.com Retrieved October 9, 2017
  5. ^ St. Croix Johnstone; EarlyAviators.com Retrieved October 9, 2017
  6. ^ "W.R. Badger Crushed by His Engine and St. Croix Johnstone Drowned at Chicago." New York Times. August 16, 1911. Retrieved 2010-11-07. Two airmen were killed here on this, the fourth day of the big aviation meet at Grant Park, after three days without a serious accident. The victims were William R. Badger, son of a wealthy Pittsburgh family, and St. Croix Johnstone of Chicago, both young men, and the double tragedy took place in the presence of 500,000 spectators.