Formed the G.H. Curtiss Manufacturing Company, whose lightweight air cooled engines were masterpieces, and then, the best available in the United States.
Met with Captain Thomas Scott Baldwin (enshrined 1964) and sold him a two-cylinder air-cooled motor of 5 horsepower for his airship, the California Arrow. The California Arrow’s first flight is considered the first successful dirigible flight in America.
Credited with the development of ailerons, which resulted in a lawsuit by the Wright Brothers who claimed ailerons infringed on their wing warping concept.
Joined the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) headed by Alexander Graham Bell in 1907.
Won the first Gordon Bennett Trophy in 1909 with an average speed of 46 miles per hour.
Won the Scientific American Trophy with planes built by Alexander Graham Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association in 1908, 1909, and 1910.
Over his career he produced and sold the first private airplane, received pilot’s license #1, designed and constructed the first successful pontoon aircraft in America, invented dual pilot control, and designed retractable landing gear.