Calbraith Perry Rodgers bibliography

Calbraith Perry Rodgers (1879 – April 3, 1912) was the first aviator to travel from coast to coast in the United States and he died the following year in a crash
  • New York Times; September 18, 1911; Rodgers Off In Race, Flying Eighty Miles; Reaches Middletown, New York, On First Lap Of His Journey Across The Continent.
  • New York Times; September 19, 1911; Two Pacific Flyers Halted by Mishaps. Rodger Wrecks Biplane by Hitting Tree, Ward Burns Out and Ruins His Engine. Middletown, New York, September 18, 1911. Calbraith P. Rodgers and James J. Ward, the airmen, who are trying to win the Hearst prize of $50,000 by flying from New York to the Pacific Coast, both suffered accidents to-day which put their machines out of business.
  • New York Times; Monday, September 25, 1911; Fence Wrecks Rodgers. Airman on Pacific Flight Wrecks Machine on Barbed Wire.Jamestown, New York, September 24, 1911. A double line of barbed wire fence along a country lane temporarily halted to-day Calbraith P. Rodgers, who is trying to fly from New York to the Pacific Coast. The accident occurred at Red House, twenty-five miles east of here, and 422 miles from the airman's starting point, this afternoon.
  • New York Times; Tuesday, September 26, 1911; Long Delay for Rodgers. Wrecked Aeroplane Practically Undergoes Process of Reconstruction.
  • New York Times; Wednesday, October 11, 1911; Air Record Broken By Aviator Rodgers; Exceeds Atwood's Cross-Country Flight Of 1,265 Miles By Making 1,398 To Date. Marshall, Missouri, October 10, 1911. C.H. Rodgers, the aviator who is trying to make a coast to coast flight, landed at Marshall at 4:23 o'clock this afternoon, exceeding the world's record for cross country aeroplane flight by 133 miles. The world' record of 1,265 miles was made by Henry Atwood in a recent flight from St. Louis to New York. Rodgers has flown 1,398 miles according to railroad mileage.
  • Washington Post; October 19, 1911; Aviator Visits State Fair, and Will Resume Flight Today. Dallas, Texas, October 18, 1911. Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers landed in the race-track inclosure of the Texas State fair grounds here today, after a flight of 30 minutes over the 32 miles from Fort Worth.
  • New York Times; November 6, 1911; 20,000 See Rodgers Land. Pasadena Crowd Almost Mobs Aviator As He Ends Flight. Los Angeles, California, November 5, 1911. Twenty thousand persons saw Calbraith P. Rodgers, the aviator, finish his transcontinental flight at Pasadena this afternoon at 4:04 o'clock with a series of spiral glides that brought him lightly to earth in the cleared centre of Tournament Park. An Instant after his landing, and almost before his machine came to rest, the enormous throng broke through the police guards and swept over the field, almost mobbing the aviator.
  • New York Times; Monday, November 6, 1911; Rodgers Ends Long Flight; Transcontinental Aviator Wildly Welcomed When He Lands at Pasadena. By C.P. Rodgers.
  • New York Times; November 6, 1911; The Flight of Rodgers. Flight in an aeroplane across the American Continent has been accomplished by Calbraith P. Rodgers, who started from New York, Sept. 17 and landed at Pasadena, California, yesterday afternoon. This is, unquestionably, the greatest achievement, thus far, in aerial navigation.
  • Washington Post; November 6, 1911; Rodgers at Goal. Greeted By 20,000 Persons As He Soars Into Pasadena. Across Continent By Air. Men, Women and Children Fight to Shake Birdman's Hand. Police Compelled to Use Clubs to Save Aeroplane From Being Torn to Pieces for Souvenirs. Will Fly Out Over Pacific Today. Has Remarkable Escape From Death. Flies 4,231 Miles in 4,924 Minutes. Pasadena, California, November 5, 1911. Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers, successfully completing his transcontinental jaunt, soared into Pasadena today on the last spurt of 30 miles from Pomona, and from an altitude of several thousand feet landed at Tournament park.
  • New York Times; Monday, November 13, 1911; Rodgers Badly Hurt In A 200-Foot Fall; Engine Breaks Down As He Is Flying To Long Beach From Los Angeles. Los Angeles, California. November 12, 1911. Misfortune, held at bay by Calbraith P. Rodgers, the aviator, until he had ended his transcontinental journey through the air, gripped him to-day and brought him tumbling to the earth two miles outside of the little California town of Compton. His machine was wrecked and the aviator is suffering from what his doctors declare may prove serious internal injuries.
  • New York Times; Tuesday, November 14, 1911; Rodgers to Finish Flight. Physicians Say He May Be Well Enough in About Ten Days.
  • New York Times; December 16, 1911; Gold Medal for Rodgers. Transcontinental Flier Rewarded by the Aero Club of America.The Aero Club of America Gold Medal was awarded yesterday by the Board of Governors of the club at the monthly meeting to Calbraith P. Rodgers for his transcontinental flight from New York to Los Angeles. This medal is one of the most coveted in the aviation world, and has been conferred on less than a dozen aeronauts throughout the world.
  • New York Times; November 30, 1911; Rodgers Ready For Flight. Will Complete His Trip to the Pacific Coast This Afternoon.
  • New York Times; April 4, 1912; Noted Coast-to-Coast Flier Killed in Sudden Dip at Long Beach, California. Los Angeles, California, April 3, 1912. Calbraith Rodgers, the aviator who flew from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the first of all the daring aviators to make the ocean-to-ocean trip in the air, reporting his journey in daily dispatches to The New York Times, was killed this afternoon in a plunge with his aeroplane over Long Beach.
  • Washington Post; April 4, 1912; C.P. Rodgers' Aero Plunges Into Surf at Long Beach. Hundreds See Tragedy. Hero of First Transcontinental Flight Victim of His Own Daring. When Lifted From Wrecked Machine His Neck Is Found to Be Broken -- Birdman's Home in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Cousin of Lieut. Rodgers in Navy's Aerial Corps -- Victim Author of Theory of "Etherial Asphyxia." Long Beach, California, April 3, 1912. Calbraith P. Rodgers, the first man to cross the American continent in an aeroplane, was killed here almost instantly late today, when his biplane, in which he had been soaring over the ocean, fell from a height of 200 feet and buried him in the wreck. His neck was broken and his body badly mashed by the engine of his machine.
  • Daily Times; Chattanooga, Tennessee; April 4, 1912; Aviator C.P. Rodgers Almost Instantly Killed. His Biplane Falls Distance of 200 Feet. Was First Man to Cross Continent in Airship. Falls Within Five Hundred Feet of Spot Where He Finished Continental Flight. Most Noted Birdman Meets Sudden Death. Rodgers' Death Makes 127 Fatalities, While 22 Have Occurred in This Country Since Beginning of Aviation. Had Often Talked of Accidents to Other Aviators. Said They Were Caused by "Etherial Asphyxia" or "Aerial Sommpathy." Chattanooga, Tennessee, Daily Times, April 4, 1912. Long Beach, California; April 3, 1912. Calbraith Rodgers, the first man to cross the American continent in an aeroplane, was killed here almost instantly late today, when his biplane, in which he had been soaring over the ocean, fell from a height of 200 feet and buried him in the wreck. His neck was broken and his body badly smashed by the engine of his machine. He lived but a few moments. "Rodgers, for a week, had been making daily flights here, and had taken up with him many passengers, both men and women. Today he started from his usual place and soared out over the ocean, crossing the pier, and then returning, dipped close to a roller coaster in a beach amusement park. "Seeing a flock of gulls disporting themselves among a great shoal of sardines, just over the breakers, Rodgers again turned and dived down into the, scattering the seafowl in all directions. "Highly elated with the outcome of his dive, Rodgers then flew farther out to sea, all the time gradually rising until he had reached a height of about 200 feet. Making a short steep turn, he started at full speed for a pier, then suddenly dipped his planes and his machine began a frightful (rapid?) descent. Rodgers was seen by hundreds of persons on the pier to relax his hold on the levers and then, seemingly realizing that he was in danger, he made strenuous efforts to pull the nose of his machine into a level position. Death Near Spot Where He Finished Long Flight Failing in this, he managed to turn his craft further in shore and an instant later the craft crashed into the edge of the surf, not 500 feet from the spot where, on Dec. 10 last, he had finished his ocean-to-ocean flight. Many men rushed to his aid. "Ernest Scott and James Godwin, life guards, were first to reach him. They said Rodgers head was hanging over one wing of the machine; the heavy engine was on his back, and the feet were drawn up, nearly doubling up over his shoulders. "Rodgers was lifted from the wreck, and hurried to the bath house hospital. He died on the way. "Examination showed his neck, jawbone and back had been broken. "A telegram was sent to the aviator's widow, who lives in Pasadena, and a cablegram to his mother, Mrs. S. Schweitzer, who is now in London. The body was prepared for burial and sent to Pasadena tonight. "The machine that Rodgers used today was the one with which he won $11,000 in prizes last year at the Chicago endurance meet. It is a wreck, many parts having been swept out to sea by the tide. Rodgers' cousin, Lieut. John Rodgers, U.S.N., now is attached to the aeroplane section of the navy at San Diego. Charles Shaffer, a close friend of Rodgers, and who came here on the special train that followed the aviator in his continental trip, witnessed the accident. In speaking of Rodgers' carefree spirit while in the air, Mr. Shaffer had taken many flights with Rodgers, but the most surprising example of recklessness he had seen was yesterday. "We had risen to a height of about 5,000 feet,"said Shaffer, "and were off to the northeast. The wind was strong, but not puffy. Rodgers, feigning he was tired lay back, folded his hands behind his head and stretched out his feet, seemingly enjoying the scenery. I said to him: 'You had better watch out, Cal; the wind might get you,' but he answered: 'Oh, we're all right; she's ridden the wind before, and she'll ride it now." Rodgers Had Planned Trip to Alaska Boston, Mass. April 3, 1912. A. Holland Forbes, president of the Aero Club of Connecticut, and one of the officers of the Aero Club of America in Boston, tonight expressed deep sorrow at the death of Calbraith P. Rodgers. Mr. Forbes said that he was planning with Rodgers only about a week ago and that Rodgers was planning after his California flights, to make a long trip over the sea up the coast of North America to Alaska. Expressions of Regret at the Death of Rodgers - Aero Club of America Stirred - Mother Always Afraid New York, April 3, 1912. Members of the Aero Club of America received the news of Calbraith P. Rodgers' death tonight, with expressions of regret. After his epoch-making flight across the continent, he was tendered a banquet by the Aero club and honored with a gold medal. Rodgers' transcontinental flight begun at Sheepshead Bay racetrack, Brooklyn, September 17, 1911, was marked on the second day out by a crash into a tree, and when within sight of Long Beach, his Pacific coast goal, he fell and was laid up nearly a month. Interspersed by these more serious accidents, there was a succession of smash-ups and lucky escapes during the trip, which with long delays due to weather, made it a matter of nearly three months before, on December 10, 1911, Rodgers finally landed at Long Beach, and was acclaimed the world's aviation hero. His persistence and nerve had carried him a distance of more than 5,000 miles. His machine was broken and repaired so many times that only the vertical rudder and the drip pan of the original outfit remained when he reached the Pacific coast. Although Rodgers lived much of the time here, his home was in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He leaves a mother, whose enthusiasm over the fame which her son won has always been tempered with her fear that eventually he would meet some such death as came to him today. At the time of his first fall in a tree near Middletown, New York, his mother journeyed there to plead with him to give up the flight, but he assured her he would be cautious, and proceeded. Rodgers had often talked of the deaths of other aviators. "Etherial Asphyxia or aerial somnipathy" had been the trouble with many, he said. "It lurks in the pockets of the upper air strata and creeps irresistibly upon the senses of an aviator, lulling him into a dreamy unconsciousness." Rodgers' death makes 127 aeroplane fatalities since aviation began. He is the twenty-second American aviator to be killed.
  • Washington Post; April 5, 1912; Not until aviation is taken out of the realm of sport and established permanently among the sciences will such casualties as that which brought death to Calbraith P. Rodgers, the first man to cross the American continent in an aeroplane, be reduced to a minimum. So long as men continue their efforts to conquer the air, there will be accidents.
  • New York Times; September 30, 1928; First Airplane Flights Across The Continent; Fowler, Who Flew 35 Days to Span Country, Sees the Journey Finished in 24 Hours He Flew a Wright Plane. A Train Was Coming. Seventeen years ago this Autumn two pilots, Robert D. Fowler and Calbraith Perry Rodgers, from opposite sides of the United States, started the first transcontinental flights ever completed in heavier-than-air flying machines.
  • New York Times; November 6, 1931; First Transcontinental Flight Made 20 Years Ago in 49 Days
  • New York Times; September 13, 1936; First 'Hop' To Pacific; In 1911 Rodgers Startled The Nation by Flying to The Coast in 50 Days. Twenty-five years ago, on September 17, 1911, Calbraith Perry Rodgers left New York on the first transcontinental flight. It took fifty days (3 days 10 hours 14 minutes actual flying time). Rodgers made it in some seventy hops, flying a Wright biplane which was damaged and repaired so many times en route that nothing remained of the original machine at the finish but the drip pan and the vertical rudder.
  • New York Times; Friday, November 6, 1936; Air Pioneers Hold Anniversary Dinners; First Cross-Country Flights, By Rodgers And Fowler, Are Commemorated.
  • New York Times; Monday, November 5, 1951; Topics of The Times; 46 Days to the West Coast. Forty years ago today a lot of people in Alameda, California, had stiff necks.
  • Washington Post; September 10, 1961; A special cachet will be applied to philatelic covers at Brooklyn Sept. 17, 1961 representing the start of the first transcontinental flight by Calbraith Perry Rodgers from Sheepshead Bay ...