Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Friday, August 11, 1914,
Collection of Mike Kane, Aug. 23, 2005
Strong Airman Heth At-
tempts No Fancy stunts.
RACES MOTORCYCLE TODAY
The flight of Aviator Heth, set for 3:30 o'clock, was delayed some time in the hope that the breeze would moderate. Anxious as were the spectators to witness the maneuvers in the sky they were not ready to be onlookers at tragedy. Indeed, the representative of the Louis J. Berger Aviation Company, which is giving the exhibitions under the auspices of The Post and Sun was urged by many persons attending the exhibition to defer the flight until today, or at least postpone it until the wind had completely subsided.
The track was a trifle heavy, but Bell completed the 20 laps of the course - 10 miles - in 12 minutes and 10 seconds. His best half mile was done in 38 seconds. The exhibition run created considerable excitement among the hundreds who lined the fences about the oval.
Mr. Bell is racer for the Forbes Motor Company. His work shows the wonderful speed of the Stutz on the straightaway and the daring of the driver on the curves.
Mr. Heth prepared for an exhibition of plain flying. A few minutes later the aeroplane was gracefully ascending. At an altitude of some 800 feet, it was noted by observers on the ground that Mr. Heth had wonderful control of this machine and that he was apparently out of the zone of the steadily increasing breeze.
The aircraft sailed with an evenness astonishing to the folks on the ground, whose coats were flapping in the winds and whose hats were sailing away every few minutes. There were no dangerous tremors and no indication that the aviator was not master of his craft and unafraid while aloft.
The aviator was in air about 20 minutes. Then, with a graceful maneuver, he descended in the center of the oval and was greeted with a round of applause. Hundreds rushed into the oval in the hope of shaking the airman by the hand and getting a close view of his machine.
The time for the exhibitions during the remainder of the series has been fixed at 3 o'clock, half an hour earlier than heretofore. The race this afternoon will be a five-mile contest between the airship and A. G. Schmidt, Pittsburgh's fastest motorcycle racer on an Indian racing machine. Six bombs will also be thrown at a moving target mounted on a White truck.