Todd Biplane
Miss [E.L.] Todd in her aeroplane, Sept 23, 1909
After years of effort, Miss E. Lillian Todd, of No. 131 West Twenty-third street, realized her ambition on Nov 7, 1910, when she had the pleasure of seeing a biplane, the work of her hands and brain, fly across the Garden City aviation field.
Designed and built by E. Lillian Todd and first flown by Didier Masson over the Garden City aviation field in Long Island during November of 1910.
Miss Todd was well known at the time, and her 1910 Biplane, powered by an eight cylinder 60 hp Rinek engine, was the first successful aeroplane built by an American woman. She then tried to get an engine, but met with repeated defeat, as the engines which she tried were not suitable. Finally a modified Rinek motor was declared satisfactory. Todd is told to have designed and built three full-size aircraft; her first – an engineless machine – in 1906.
A good sized crowd was on hand to witness the first attempt to fly the biplane. Mr. Didier Masson was the aviator. He ran the machine across the ground, then went to the air for twenty feet and made a turn at the far end, returning to the starting place, where he was enthusiastically received by Miss Todd and the crowd.
Todd in her plane with Didier Masson
Miss Elizabeth L. Todd has entered the lists as a competitor in several long-distance flights and she has her mechanicians at work in her aerodrome at Hempstead Plains on three machines she designed. She has made several flights and has learned to manipulate her planes and her engines in masterly style.
E. L. Todd at the Controls
Probably Sept., 1909