July 29, 1910
from Aeronautics, Oct., 1910
Photo by Joseph Burt, Mineola, L. I.
Collection of Peter Kockenmeister, 5-7-06
Spectators at Garden City
Special to The New York Times.
At 6 o'clock, the usual time for the birdmen ato prepare to fly, Mr. Harmon drove up in his auto with two guests, Mrs. Foxhall P. Keene and her sister, Miss Lawrence. The party alighted at the Harmon shed and inspected the biplane.
On their return the biplane was ordered out, and Mr. Harmon exchanged his straw hat and motor coat for th rubber jacket, cap, and goggles he wears when driving. He took his seat in the machine, the mammoth propeller was set whirling, the usual number of straw hats went spinning into the breeze, and with a short run across the field he lifted the machine skyward. The elevating plane was not turned at such a sharp angle as usual, because of the heavy wind.
The second time Harmon took his seat for a trial after Capt. Baldwin, it looked as though he was going to have trouble. The big propeller was pulled around twice preparatory to a start, but merely spun aimlessly and without the peculiar talk of the engine, which everybody has grown to know so well and understand. Then much to the relief of Philip Wilcox, whose own Farnham biplane is only waiting for its engine to join the lists, and who had loaned Mr. Harmon some plugs which he had faith in but about which Harmon had signified a little doubt, the engine started its rhythmic beat, the arm on the rubber coat shot up its signal to let go, and Harmon was again in the air. This time he sailed closer to the ground and caused great enthusiasm in the grand stand on his second lap when he waved a greeting.
Capt. Baldwin's three trials were without incident. He drove the aeroplane higher in the air than usual, and at his landing received an ovation from the crowd. Despite the squalls of wind which rung over the field this morning and haunted the "graveyard," Joe Seymour went up. He drove from the Aeronautical Society's ground to the other side of the field and returned. He is expecting a 40 horse power engine to install in the aeroplane. Charles Nyquist had Frank Van Anden's machine out also this morning.
Among the visitors to the field this evening were Elmer Burlingame of Boston, who had brought a monoplane here which he calls "The Imp." He hopes to try it out tomorrow. Charles K. Hamilton drove down to the grounds, but took no part in the day's programme. Herring, who was formerly associated with Glenn H. Curtiss, was also on the field.
WITH CURTISS BIPLANE
Noted Aviator Carries Three Passenger
Over Garden City Course.
WILCOX ALSO MAKES FLIGHT
Harmon Remains in the Air for
Over an Hour, Makes Thirty-
one Laps of the Track
(Special Dispatch to The Morning Telegraph)
GARDEN CITY, L. I., Aug. 14, 1910.
Aviators who are making good are following each other fast and thick on the local grounds here.
Charles Willard with a Curtiss biplane today established an American record for passenger carrying. He made a 200 yard jump from the Aeronatutic Society sheds to the grand stand, transporting three persons with him. They were Archie Albine, R. F. Patterson, Harry W. Willard.
Phillip Wilcox, the Columbia student, who has just returned from Pine Camp, N. Y., made a beautiful flight here this morning. It was the second time he had ever occupied an aviator's seat, having taken the aeroplane out to run across the grass once before it met with the accident with Charley Hamilton.
Today he started the machine in front of the grand stand at about 5 o'clock in the morning, lifted it to 100-foot altitude and maintaining this height steadly, made a complete circuit. He was enthusiastically applauded by the little group of aviators and mechanicians on the ground. Clifford B. Harmon, Willard, Captain Baldwin, Elmer Burlingame, Edwards and Edick and J. J. Frisbee were all included on today's programme.
Harmon was in the air over an hour and made thirty-one laps of the course. He received, according to the point system of contest, 53 points in all. Captain Baldwin's record for the day was 20 points. Mr. Burlingame did some grass-cutting with The Imp, the first monoplane seen on the field here.
J. J. Frisbee, the balloonist, caused a near-sensation here today when he took out his new machine and after running along the ground a short distance, lifted the Rochester, as he has named the plane, into the air. But there was trouble with the control and the Rochester plunged and pitched. Just as it appeared ...............