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had its horizontal rudder trussed to rigidity instead of being flexible as in the first. Two
propellers were used instead of three. A new vertical rudder was devised, and the machine
was made to run on skids instead of wheels, so that it could be launched from the catapult.
Determined not to disappoing again if he could help it, Mr. Shneider made his first trial
Prof. Pickering's Wind Wagon
with this apparatus early one morning. He was launched into the air from the catapult at
about 30 miles an hour, and landed about 170 yards frm the end of the monorail. His
engine had stopped. Whether he actually flew any of the 170 yards he has left an open
F. E. Shneider's First machine
question but it is certain he must have been flying for some part of it, and that the machine
apart from its motor, acted very well, for it descended without the slightest damage.
     Through one of its members, Thomas A. Hill, the Society, later on, took up the question
of the Shneider motor, and compelled the firm to refund to Mr. Shneider $1,000 of the $1,200


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