November 3rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1929, William F. Crawford demonstrated his powered glider at the Crawford Airport at 1 p.m..

The Crawford Glider was powered by a forty-horse power Szekley motor with a two gallon tank and a 47-feet wide wingspan that was foldable for easy ground transport. It flew at speeds between forty and fifty miles per hour, could ascend to a height of 10,000 feet, and required only 1/5 of the time and space a traditional aircraft used to take off. Crawford expected to sell his gliders for $800.

Crawford leased the land at what is today Pacific Coast Highway and Seal Beach Boulevard to establish an airfield, a hangar, and manufacturing facilities in 1927.

Click here to visit a Getty Images page with video of the Crawford Glider in action. I can’t confirm it completely, but this does appear to filmed at Crawford Field.

– Michael Dobkins

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