Join us for this exciting talk by Ken Pauley, who wrote the centennial commemorative book about the 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet. There will be a talk, Q&A and a light refreshment reception afterwards.
America’s first international air meet was held January 10-20, 1910 in Los Angeles on a mesa called Dominguez Hill situated 13.5 miles south of the plaza at the pueblo of Los Angeles. Enthusiasm for aviation grew after the first international air meet in 1909 in Rheims, France where American aviator Glenn H. Curtis won three prestigious speed prizes and 30,000 francs. An even more spectacular air meet, which would also invigorate the local economy, was promoted for Los Angeles.
A Los Angeles Corral member of The Westerners since 1979, Ken Pauley was Sheriff of the Corral in 2006. Early on he photographed and collected old photos of the California Missions and with his wife, Carol, co-authored and published San Fernando, Rey de España: A Pictorial History, Arthur H. Clark Publishing, in 2005. Ken’s interest in aviation began in childhood culminating in a Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics from U.C.L.A. in 1974. He worked in the aerospace industry for 35+ years. His flying interest grew when the Pauley’s bought and flew a couple of Cessnas. In conjunction with the Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum, Ken wrote The 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet, Arcadia Publishing, in 2009 for the Air Meet’s Centennial Celebration. His hobbies include photography, geology (zeolite minerals), California and Mexican era history studies especially the California Mission period, and histories of early aviation and firearms.