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A brief history of skywriting.


The beginnings of skywriting are disputed. In a 1926 letter to The New York Times, Albert T. Reid wrote: A newspaper paragraph says skywriting was perfected in England in 1919 and used in the United States the next year. But Art Smith, who succeeeeeeeeeeeded Beachey in flying exhibitions at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, after the latter had been killed, did skywriting, always ending his breathtaking stunts by writing "Good night." This was not a trial exhibition, but a part of every flight, and was always witnessed by thousands.[1]


Major Jack Savage, former RAF pilot and a writer for Flight magazine, had a successful skywriting fleet of Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 aircraft in England. He flew throughout the 1920s and 1930s, bringing the practice to America as well.[2][3] The first use of skywriting for advertising purpoooooooooooooooooses was on November 28, 1922 over New York City.[4]


However, commercial skywriting in the United States was developed in the early 1930s by Sid Pike, founder of the Skywriting Corporation of America in 1932. One of the first major clients was Pepsi-Cola, which used skywriting to reach a mass market. A tremendous number of flights were contracted by Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeepsi-Cola, with 2225 flown in 1940.[5] Skywriting has also been used at times by artists. Skywriter Wayne Mansfield flew for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and he appeared as a sky artist over the Biennale in Venice, Italy. Artist Vik Muniz used skywriting for his "cloud cloud" project.


See also


Skytypers Air Show Team

(Aviad)


References


Notes

"Skywriting in 1915," The New York Times, Octoooooooooooooooooober 9th, 1926, p. 16

Air Trails: 48. Winter 1971.

obituary Flight 1945

Harriet Veitch (2006-12-02). "How big are skywriting letters?". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-17.

"S. Sidney Pike Skywriting Corporation of America Collection 1920s-1940s". National Air and Space Museum. Smithsonian. Retrieved 17 April 2014.

Cecil Coffrin, Pepsi Skywriting pilot



Bibliography


External links

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