Excerpt from American Magazine of Aeronautics, Vol. 1: Gordon Bennett International Aeronautic Cup, to Be Competed for at St. Louis, October 19, 1907
During the winter of 1906 and 1907 there was appointed through the efforts of the officials of the Jamestown Exposition an Aeronautical Committee, including government officials, members of the Aero Club of America, noted scientists and prominent sportsmen. This Committee was officially called the Jamestown Aeronautical Congress. Willis L. Moore. Chief of the United States Weather Bureau, was offered and accepted its Presidency. The Exposition officials agreed to construct and fence in an Aeronautical Concourse, to erect a special building, and to transport free of charge all exhibits to and from the Exposition Grounds; the Aeronautical Congress agreed to gather all available exhibits of balloon material, scientific instruments adapted for aeronautical purposes, balloons, airships, aeroplanes, helicoptered and orthopters, and to make such further efforts as might naturally be in the plan and scope of their organization.
A programme of aeronautical events, including balloon races, airship competitions, aeroplane and kite contests, and pigeon Rights were arranged for. The Bureau of Aeronautics was created by the Exposition to correspond with the Bureaus of Yachting, Athletics, Music, etc.
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