The Preparedness Day Parade

Aviators from the Curtiss school pose with the Speed Scout S1 at the Norfolk, Virginia Preparedness Parade in 1916

Unfortunately, I'm at a point in my studies where I'm not able to spend as much time as I'd like researching this.  I was able to do a little detective work and discover that the parade passed a the address 205, and featured a China, Glass and Toys seller by the name of Max Schwan, which showed up in Norfolk, Virginia. There were many such parades across the U.S. in 1916 urging the government to make appropriations in preparation for war. Unfortunately, most news accounts fixate on the horrific suitcase bombing in San Francisco, California, which makes it difficult to find more details about our parade.

Preparedness Parade, Norfolk, Virginia, 1916.

You should be able to make out the sign in the photo below when you open it in X2Large size on Smugmug, but if you're in a hurry, it reads "Aeroplanes - Are the Eyes - Of the Army & Navy - Aviators & Students - Curtiss Aviation School - Newport News, Va."  The sign sheds a little light on the name of the plane they are leading, the Speed Scout, which was alleged to have a top speed of 105 mph.

The Curtiss Speed Scout is led by aviators during the Preparedness Parade in Norfolk, Virginia, 1916.

Aviators walk in the Preparedness Parade in Norfolk, Virginia, 1916.

Next up will be some photos of airplanes at the Curtiss School. I believe I'll hone in on a flying boat, and I have more than one model, so I'll start with the model F.



  1. Hi Kurt, I had fun looking through your old photos..excellent! You have some wonderful old photos! :)

  2. Hello! I'm very happy you liked them!!

    Follow Far Side of Fifty back to her excellent site, everyone! She has some great old photos herself!


  3. The Preparedness Day Parade was held on June 16, 1916 in Washington according to US Magazine Flying (1916). Later the Curtiss Scout was exhibited on the United States Senate lawn together with a Curtiss Hydroaeroplane and a Curtiss twin-motored seaplane (a Twin-Jenny)



  4. What a great resource! Thanks so much for the links.