Augustus Roy Knabenshue sailed his airship, the Toledo II, over downtown Columbus on Sept. 7, 1906. He flew from the Ohio State Fair to the Statehouse and back to the fair. Two years earlier, Knabenshue piloted the first powered flight in the state when he launched a dirigible in Toledo. In 1910, the Lancaster native became the manager of the Wright brothers exhibition program and piloted many of the early airplane routes across the country.
Columbus Metropolitan Library/My History; research by Angela O’Neal