Cuba - Jose León Dueñas, a Cuban, records that on 7 May 1910 "Frenchman Andre Bellot, for a few brief minutes, flew
in (Cuban) space, in a 50 H.P. Voisin biplane, which departed from the Almenares racetrack and crashed violently but without
grave consequences for the pilot."
Mexico - the airplane had already been demonstrated South of the Rio Grande, specifically in Mexico, where in May 1911,
triumphant President Francisco Madero agreed to climb into the aircraft being demonstrated by Alfred Moisant, thus
becoming the first head of a government to fly in an airplane.
Jamaica - Mr. Seligman knew that he was introducing aeroplaning to the public of Jamaica - that no aviator had ever before
given an exhibition of the art of flying in this island. (referring to flight on Dec 20)
Costa Rica - On January 1 Jesse Seligman flew his plane at the Savannah in San Jose; because of strong winds the flight
was very brief and there was much disappointment on the part of the crowd which had come to watch the event. [Information
from "Daily Gleaner"; this item will be updated further.]
Panama - Clarence DeGiers, who had Jessie Seligman's plane brought over to the Pacific side, on Sunday, April 21,1912,
flew at La Cabana in the Juan Franco Field in front of 4000 people to be the first and win the prize.
Venezuela - On September 29, 1912, a North American pilot named Frank Boland cranked up his sixty-horsepower canvas-and-wood
biplane and took to the skies over Caracas. His fifty-kilometer flight around the city ended with a soft landing in front
of the presidential box at el Paraiso race track. A band played. The crowd applauded wildly. Government officials motioned
Boland to the presidential box, where they would talk more about what such a contraption could do for their country. When
the talk ended, Venezuelan aviation history began.
The flight lasted 27 minutes and the biplane covered a distance of 50 kilometers at an altitude of 5,000 feet.
Trinidad - An American called Frank Boland was the first. Ten years after the Wright Brothers had made their first motor
flight, Boland alighted on the Savannah with his little bi-plane in January 1913.
A demonstration was scheduled for the 23rd, and hundreds of Trinidadians came out in their Sunday best, the ladies in
long skirts, carrying parasols, and the men in elegant hats. Boland took off and most of the spectators saw the wonder of
a flying machine in action for the first time!
A few minutes later, however, tragedy struck: when Boland attempted to land near the hollows at the western end of the
Savannah, he lost control of his plane in wind turbulences and crashed into the ground, leaving the watching crowd in shock.
Two doctors who rushed to the scene were unable to save him. He probably died instantly. The body was taken to the Colonial
Hospital and the next day to Rosary Church for the funeral. Frank Boland was buried at the Lapeyrousse Cemetery.
British Guiana - The first aeroplane was flown in British Guiana in March 1913. The components of the aeroplane were brought
to the Colony by George Schmidt and assembled at a race course in Bel Air Park; he flew his mono-plane over Georgetown, after
taking off from the race course.