Good thing he wears a brown suit...
A Curtiss "headless" Model D; and the earliest photo I've seen of a wristwatch.
Hope he remembers to turn the gas on.
Brings to mind a classic example of wishing I had paid more attention to relatives stories. My maternal grandmother and her first husband lived in the same block as Art Smith in Fort Wayne,Indiana,where Smith was from. The story was he built his first aeroplane in a buggy shed off the alley. IIRC, he crashed it first time he flew it, and it was back to the drawing board. I think there houses were across the alley from one another. My grandma and her husband had an early T, and he a good job. He died in late '12,diptheria.Then grandma an her then two kids damn starved.
Greg: That certainly could be a wristwatch, but it might also be a compass. I have a wrist compass like that that was used in WWI.
Interestingly, the wristwatch was created at the request of the pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont.
Not much of a seat belt to do loops with. Guts or nuts?
Loops are positive g maneuvers. Don't need much of a belt unless you goof it up.