James C. Mars
|James Cairn Mars|
|Born||March 8, 1875
Grand Haven, Michigan.
|Died||July 25, 1944
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Aviator, circus performer, airport operator, real estate|
|Known for||Barnstormer, first pilot to fly an aircraft in Arkansas and in the Far East|
James Cairn Mars (March 8, 1875 - July 25, 1944), also known Bud Mars and the Curtiss Daredevil, was an aviation pioneer. He was the eleventh pilot licensed in the United States. As a balloonist, he was a student of Thomas Scott Baldwin, and as an airplane pilot, of Glenn Curtiss.
Mars was born on March 8, 1875 in Grand Haven, Michigan.
On December 31, 1910, Mars made the first airplane flight in Hawaii on a Curtiss P18 biplane.
He was credited in 1911 with being the first pilot to bring aviation to the Far East, although flights had been made in both Japan and Vietnam in late 1910. Mars was the first to fly in both the Philippines and Korea.
- "Bud Mars, 68, Dies. Made Balloon Ascension, Parachute Leap at 16. Gave Hirohito First Plane Ride". New York Times. July 27, 1944.
- "Mars Fatally Hurt in Aeroplane Fall". New York Times. July 15, 1911. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
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