|SOUTH CHARLESTON VIRGINIA JUNE 27 1912.||PRICE THREE CENTS|
Black Storm Clouds Aviators Flew
Clinton Vidor, of the Aviation Company, which concern is conducting the present aviation meet in South Charleston, in speaking of Oscar Brindley's sensational flying feat yesterday afternoon, declares that it was the greatest thing he ever saw done in the air. He describes it from the aviation standpoint, thus:
"Brindley had stayed up in the air too long and the storm had come on him, full of treacherous whirlpools and cross currents. He couldn't land in the regular place without running 60 miles an hour into the grand stand, so he swung around to the south, like a giant albatross, went 100 miles an hour down the wind.
When he turned we signalled him to make it near the grand stand., where he could go from the wind instead of to it and hit nobody. I ran up and hollered "You son of a gun for God's sake clear that group . This was all it could........
Played Tag With Death
In Teeth of
ESCAPE FROM STORM
One Airship Crashed Into
the Grand Stand---
Cavorting around in the blackened clouds, flying hard in the teeth of the oncoming gale or racing madly on the wings of the storm---now lost to view in the bosom of a terrific northeaster and then sweeping around again swift as an eagle's flight---the aviators wound up a spectacular and thrilling exhibition of airship navigation by desperate dashes for safety and sensational landings on the all too small and crowded field at South Charleston yesterday afternoon, without a serious mishap. It was an afternoon of exciting events and miraculous escapes---short as it was.
One spectator, Harry Campbell, a young man, was hit by Aviator Heth's plunging airship, which ran into the grandstand, and was slightly cut on the head and face. Another man and a woman, who failed to get out of the way, were struck glancing blows, but were only slightly bruised.
After the last aviator, Brindley, made his dashing escape "home:" in safety and ..........
BIG AVIATION DEMONSTRATION
Gazette Newsclipping, June 28, 1912
Several Thrills Experienced
By Those Who Attended
the Meet on
PAUL PECK MAKES A
Encircles State House in
Columbia Bi-Plane, and
Makes Return in
1 1-2 Minute
REMAINED ALOFT FOR SIX MINUTES
Lightning Flashed and Thunder Rolled as Brindley Opened the Aviation Meet
BIPLANE WAS BUFFETED BY WIND
Bird Man Went Up at 3:06 and Came Down at 3:12---Meet Continues Tomorrow and Wednesday---Storm Drives Many Home
Unidentified Newsclipping, July 29, 1912
At 3 o'clock the crowd was cleared away from the starting field and the biplane was wheeled from its hangar to one end of the field. As Brindley took his seat the engine was started and hundreds of Morgantowners heard for the first time the loud, sharp whir of the wooden blades as they revolved. After the engine had warmed up and all of the ropes had been tested, the helpers let go of the machine and it glided forward, running about 70 feet before it began gradually to rise from terra firma. A burst of applause went up as the aviator gracefully circled higher and higher in his machine, wheeling first to the left and executing a circle over the fair grounds. After circling around several times, he landed successfully on a rather uneven stretch of ground about 200 feet from the point of his start.
During the flight the officials of the Berger company were keenly anxious as to Brindley's safety, for storm clouds which were passing over the Flats made aviation, at any time exceedingly dangerous, extra hazardous. At times the strong wind buffeted the light supporting frames and drove the biplane sideways, but Brindley at all times maintained perfect control and landed with ease.
Because of the threatening weather, many of the spectators left the field after the first flight, although announcement was made that a second flight would be made after the engine had cooled. Brindley started at 3:06 and landed at 3:12. He carried no passengers as the company was unwilling to take the risk on account of the bad weather conditions.
For a time this morning it looked as though the rain would intefere with Morgantown's aviation meet, but by noon the skies had cleared and when the crowd assembled at the fair grounds old Sol was beating down with all the force of a regular summer day. The Wright biplane was unloaded at the freight station this morning and was taken out to the fair grounds on a specially constructed truck. Because of the fact that the machine is not collapsible some difficulty was encountered in transferring the big airship to the exhibition field.
Oscar Brindley, the intrepid airman, arrived in Morgantown on the 5:31 yesterday evening and immediately went ot the field to inspect the ground. This morning he visited the Flats again and at noon promptly the Berger Aviation company officials, together with Brindley, left the Madeira hotel in an automobile.