Howard Cruett Wilcox/Halethrope Air Meet Collection - PP139

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library


Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monuemtn St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, January 2000



An early event in aviation history was the air meet held at Halethorpe, Baltimore County, Maryland in November 1910. Featured airmen were Frenchmen Hubert Latham and Count Jacques de Lesseps, Americans Charles Willard, J. Armstrong Drexel (Doescel?), Eugene Ely, and Arch Hoxsey, and Englishman James Radley. Featured planes included Latham’s Antoinette, plus examples of the Bleriot monoplane and Wright biplane.

The field at Halethorpe was a mile long and 300 yards wide. For two weeks, visitors were treated to the spectacle of planes flying at 60 miles an hour, rising to 5,000 feet, and remaining aloft for close to an hour. There were cash prizes for altitude, speed, endurance, and distance. There were mishaps over the two week course of the meet, as inclement weather caused cancellation of many events and the collapse of a hangar tent damaging planes inside, spectators frequently had to wait for long periods while mechanical problems were corrected, and the backers lost $25,000 overall, but the crowds were sometimes 6000 strong.

The meet was organized by Baltimore hotel proprietor Col. Jerome Joyce, who secured financial backing and press coverage for the event. The Sunpapers wrote extensively about aviation prior to the show and also paid Hubert Latham $5,000 to make what would be the first flight over Baltimore.

Collection Origin

Gift of Jeanne W. Hines, 1989 (002720).

Scope and Contents

 The collection consists of 21 photographs of the aircraft and pilots taking part in the November 1910 Air Meet at Halethorpe in Baltimore County. There are portraits of aviators who participated in the meet, including Hubert Latham, Arch Hoxsey, Eugene Ely, Count Jacques de Lesseps, and James Radley. Planes are also documented, including Latham’s Antoinette and Bleriot monoplanes and the Wright Biplane.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Container List

1 Box

PP139.1-6 – Antoinette, 1910.

PP139.7-8 – Bleriot, 1910.

PP139.9 – Hubert Latham, 1910.

PP139.10 – Arch Hoxsey, 1910.

PP139.11 – Eugene Ely, 1910.

PP139.12 – Count Jacques de Lesseps, 1910.

PP139.13 – Unidentified man, 1910.

PP139.14 – Group portrait, 1910. Includes Eugene Ely, Mrs. Ely, and James Radley.

PP139.15-16 – Wright Biplane, 1910.

PP139.17 – Drexel (Doescel?), 1910.

PP139.18-19 – Bleriot, 1910.

PP139.20-21 – Antoinette, 1910. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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