Bernard J. Burdick ’63 and John G. Burdick ’65 have published Achieving Flight: The Life and Times of John J. Montgomery. The book tells the story of Santa Clara’s own renowned aviator (1858–1911) who designed, built, and was the first to fly a glider successfully in 1883, a full 20 years before the Wright brothers’ powered flight. His achievements in flight from high air (up to 4,000 feet, lofted there by a hot-air balloon) in 1905 at Santa Clara College are commemorated with an obelisk in the Mission Gardens. An article about this upcoming book was written by Paul Totah ’79 for Santa Clara Magazine, Fall 2012. The first biography of Montgomery, John Joseph Montgomery, Father of Basic Flying, was written by former Santa Clara archivist Arthur D. Spearman, S.J.

03 Nov 2017