In 1912, Liberal, Kansas organized a "Southwest Fair." A fairgrounds was built, which today, I believe, is still in use as the the "Five State County Fair" grounds. The organizing committee raised $800 and sent a representative to Kansas City to hire Robert Fowler to appear. He'd appeared in Dodge City in May of 1912 before appearing in Liberal that August. Rides were $25 (equivalent to about $600 today) but no one took him up on it. Photos of the event are in the Mid-America Air Museum's collection.

Below is a video, composited from drone footage of Southwest Kansas, and a composite of still images resulting in a rather rough 360 degree video. The still images are sourced from videos people have taken during rides on a modern replica of the Wright B Flyer built, maintained, and operated by the Wright B Flyer organization in Dayton, Ohio.

I'm using the video as a volunteer engagement and recruiting tool; it shows off both a piece of Liberal history and introduces people to virtual/augmented reality.

 Titled: "All Set"

Titled: "All Set"

 Titled: "Going Up." During his takeoff roll, Robert Fowler had tumbleweeds jam the landing gear (a very SW Kansas touch) and nearly lost control.

Titled: "Going Up." During his takeoff roll, Robert Fowler had tumbleweeds jam the landing gear (a very SW Kansas touch) and nearly lost control.

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