The first recorded airplane flight in Billings occurred when noted aviator Eugene Ely attempted to take off from a lot east of what is now North Park (then the fairgrounds) in 1910. Ely couldn't manage to get the plane in the air for more than a short distance due to strong crosswinds. Bob St. Henry is credited with the first true flight over town in 1911. Local dentist Dr. Frank J. Bell, pictured, learned to fly at the Curtiss Flying School in 1912. His first recorded flight was months later, on Decoration Day (Memorial Day) in 1913, in a Curtiss biplane he built himself. Bell took off from South Park, and flew west before turning around and circling the baseball field at North Park in front of a full grandstand. Bell's flight was memorialized in the J.K. Ralston painting entitled "First Flight," which hangs in the airport lobby. Bell was instrumental in choosing the location of the airport.