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12-24-28 - T-4030

A group of students and pilots at Newport News, Va., a dozen years ago.
HOW many of you remember the old Newport News Flying Field of 1916 where so many learned to fly before they joined the R.N.A.S.? Now the field is abandoned, the R.N.A.S. is engulfed in the Royal Air Force, and most of the men in the accopmanying group picture have gone West. Charles Foersch, Chief Mechanic, ..... Airport, who is No. 14 in the picture......fies some of them. Do you recognize any of the others?
     No. 1 is Captain Tom Taylor, after whom Taylor Field, Oklahoma, is named. He was killed in a crash. 2 is Roland Rohlfs, killed doing night-flying, I believe. 3, David McCauley, killed in a crash at Boston. 4, Fred Zimmer, killed in crash at Buffalo. 5, Steve McGorden, killed at Newport News shortly after this picture was taken. 6, Victor Carlstrom, also killed. Carlstrom Field was named after him. Louis Krantz, 7, killed in an accident, Major Thomas Baldwin, 8, died a natural death in Buffalo. Steve Osborn, 9, is still flying, though I don't know where. Bert Acosta, 10, accompanied Commander Byrd on his flight to France, and is still going strong. 11 is Stewart Cogswell, now pilot for Mr. Vanderbilt. 12, Charles Pond, son of Rear Admiral Pond, is still flying. 13, James Honer, is now in the aeronautical business in Buenos Aires.
     Aviation took heavy tolls of lives in those days-less than twelve years ago. We have to see a picture like this to realize the enormous strides in the direction of safety that flying has taken in those few years.

  The all-star cast which is making the Atlantic Aeronautic Station, Newport News, the aeronautic center of the world. From right to left: Bert Acosta, Victor Vernon, Victor Carlstrom, Captain Thomas S. Baldwin, who is in charge of the station; Stevenson MacGordon, Theodore C. Macaulay, Messrs. Hewlett and Cogswell. MacGordon, flying a Model R-2 military tractor eqiuipped with a 160 h.p. motor on April 1st made a non-stop flight with passenger from Newport News to Washington, D.C., and return, a distance of about 300 miles. On April 8th, he broke the altitude record for pilot and one passenger by climbing 14,850 feet. Victor Carlstrom on April 19th made an altitude record with two passengers of 11,100 feet. He also flew the new "Baby Scout," which is said to make a speed of over 100 miles an hour. The top wing of the "Baby," which is shown on this photo, has a span of only 20 feet. Carlstrom also holds the distinction of having put the JN-5, twin-motored, two-passenger biplane through its first trials. It climbed 6,000 feet in ten minutes and flew at a speed of 95 miles an hour.
Theodore C. Macaulay has charge of the huge H-7 flying boat, photos of which are reproduced elsewhere in this number. On April 24 this flying boat made two flights of 30 and 20 minutes with 7 passengers on board at a speed of close to 90 miles an hour.

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