“Quest for Flight” author Craig S. Harwood will provide a talk on the biography that he wrote about his great grand uncle, John J. Montgomery this Sunday, Aug. 10 beginning at 2 pm at Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying.
Montgomery has been credited with completing the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere near San Diego, California in 1883.
Montgomery is also believed to have been the creator of what is known today as the aileron.
Years later, Glenn Curtis was awarded the patent on the aileron.
As a scientist researching the laws of flight, Montgomery invented basic methods of aircraft control and stability, and refined his theories in aerodynamics over decades of research.
“Quest for Flight” is an award winning multi-nominated book that will serve as the basis for an entertaining and educational presentation by the author Harwood as he weaves the fascinating story of how Montgomery and a cavalcade of characters (all Californians) collectively transformed science fiction into reality.
Montgomery’s work gave impetus to those who established California’s burgeoning aviation industry of the 1920’s and the 1930’s. Copies of this book, which won the Great Southwest Festival (2014) will be available for purchase and personal inscription by the author
The Museum of Flying is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that also serves as the home to the recently established California Aviation Hall of Fame.
The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children aged 6 to 12, children 5 and under are free.
The Museum is located at 3100 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. For more information visit www.MuseumofFlying.com or call 310.398.2500.