Teddy Roosevelt Becomes the First US President to Fly in an Airplane, 1910

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[Newsreel](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaFulqGGkwk)

And from the [New York Tribune’s account](http://www.archives.com/blog/miscellaneous/today-in-history-theodore-roosevelt.html) at the time:

> “The aeroplane sped quickly around the field at a height of less than one hundred feet. It made the first lap of a mile and a half before news percolated through the crowd that Mr. Roosevelt was Hoxsey’s passenger. When he swept past the grandstand he leaned forward a bit and waved his hands. The spectators seemed frightened and remained silent, watching the aeroplane intently.
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> The flying machine sped by and made the turn for the second lap. Hoxsey could be seen to bend over and shout something into Mr. Roosevelt’s ear. The engine cracked regularly, hurling the aeroplane forward at a speed of nearly a mile a minute, but from the ground it looked as though it were travelling much slower because it sailed so evenly and smoothly. There was not a breath of wind, and the engine did not miss fire once.”
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> The pilot had been warning Roosevelt to hold onto the rail, lest his he interfere with the engines or fall out. “Mr. Roosevelt’s first act after alighting was to shake Hoxsey’s hand vigorously. ‘It was great! First class! It was the finest experience I have ever had,’ he declared. ‘I wish I could stay up for an hour, but I haven’t the time this afternoon.'”

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