A reproduction Curtiss A-1 Triad crash landed last week shortly after taking off from Keuka Lake in New York, postponing a planned demonstration flight celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Navy’s acquisition of the airplane.
The replica was built by volunteers at the Glenn Curtiss Museum, located in Hammondsport, NY, and was equipped with an original World War I engine.
While the aircraft sustained substantial damage during the crash, the pilot, 58-year-old retired airline captain Kevin House, wasn’t injured.
“He wasn’t even wet actually,” said museum director Trafford Doherty. “It was one of those freak things.”