Exciting news was wired to Frederick that “unless prevented by unforeseen difficulties two army aeroplanes will arrive at camp Ordway between six thirty and seven o’clock Monday morning.” For many residents of Frederick this would be their first view of an airplane and the first to fly and land in Frederick. In the early hours of August 21, people crowded the streets and roof tops in hopes of getting a glimpse of the flying machine.
The plane was piloted by Capt. Charles Chandler and Lt. Henry Arnold, who were greeted with cheers and escorted to the mess-tent for breakfast. That afternoon, Capt. Chandler and Lt. Arnold flew back to College Park in their record making journey of over 40 continuous miles and traveling at speeds of approximately one mile per minute. Frederick’s first flight was truly a landmark journey and event in Frederick County history.