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The following newspaper article describes a proposal by Seattle aviator Frederick J. Wiseman to give a flying exhibition in Whitehorse during the summer of 1911.



The Weekly Star

Whitehorse, Y. T.,     Friday, May 26, 1911



"Mark Anthony is in your tents, my lord,
Fly therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off."

    When the late Bill Shakespeare wrote the above he had no thought of flying machines. His idea of flying, as imparted to Cassius, was to run like a scared wolf; to flee, to hike, to skeedaddle, to make himself scarce, to "get outen" the place where he was.

    But all this has nothing to do with the "question before the house." Two Seattle aviators, Fred Weisman and Charles L. Young, are anxious to come here and give an exhibition of flying through our superior summer climate. They have both written to the secretary of our recent Board of Trade and are awaiting the invitation, "Come on Boys." All they want is a clear space to the extent of 1000 to 1200 feet, which we can supply by ascending a short distance into our azure. Anyhow we can clear a space if one nearer terra firma is desired.

    Weisman and Young expect to pass through here in the near future on the way to the interior and announce themselves ready to scale our dizzy heights while here. While we have several other things beside our heights which need scaling, it might be well to have those attended to first. Our heights will, therefore, hold themselves in readiness to be scaled.



"Fred Weisman" was actually Frederick J. Wiseman, who, among other records, made the first powered flight in Snohomish County, Washington, on May 7, 1911. It only lasted a minute, then the engine in his Curtiss-Wright-Farman biplane quit and he made a hard landing that caused a lot of damage to the aircraft. A few months later, he quit flying, without ever bringing his plane to the North as planned. Charles L. Young is recorded as being his "advance man", or promoter. The aircraft is now at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Northern Aviation History