Honor city’s aviation innovation at First Flight Day

Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 13 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. at 2700 Mercedes Ave. and will include aviation-themed displays, paper airplane and helium balloon activities for all ages. A full-sized replica of a Bleriot XI measuring nearly 9 feet long with a wingspan of more than 25 feet will be dedicated.

Construction of First Flight Park began in 2016. Greystar, developers of an apartment village surrounding the park, paid for most of the park’s construction.

The City Council dedicated property in the Linwood Addition as public parkland and authorized naming the plot First Flight Park. The park honors the January day in 1911 when a Frenchman named Roland G. Garros lifted off in his Bleriot monoplane, marking the first powered flight from Fort Worth soil. Garros took off from the Fort Worth Driving Park, a racetrack situated near the current-day Montgomery Plaza off West Seventh Street.

A Texas historic marker was dedicated at the site in 2014.

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