High flying One-Tank-Get-Away to Hammondsport

He was called "the fastest man on earth"
Posted at 6:09 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 18:09:26-04

Located on Route 54 in Hammondsport, the Curtiss Museum is a fitting tribute to Glenn H. Curtiss, an aviation pioneer who began making bikes and became known as the "fastest man on earth" when he hit 136.4 mph on his motorcycle in 1907.

Rick Leisenring has been the curator of this cool collection for fifteen years. He knows all the ins and outs of the many vintage automobiles, motorcycles and airplanes. He says "we are New York's best kept secret."

There are twenty-five full sized aircraft that pertain to Glenn H. Curtiss, who was born in Hammondsport and went on to aviation greatness. History buffs and fans of flying machines will be right at home here. They are open daily and you can get more information at their website.