Flying Club of St. Louis trophy race
Hartzell Prop Co. FC-1
Air Meet Proper Will Start Tomorrow
Speed Trophy Race Wednesday
Here is a detailed schedule of what spectators at the International Air Meet will see, including attractions today, Sunday, September 30, 1923. St. Louis Field was opened yesterday for some advance attractions, but the meet proper starts tomorrow. The program:
11 a. m.,---Gates open. Aeronautical exhibition in tents, showing progress of development of aircraft and motors. Racing pilots will be trying out their planes. Last of contestants in the "On-to-St. Louis" race will be arriving by air.
2 p. m.---Mulvihill trophy race for model airplanes; 27 youths have models entered, each craft being powered by rubber strands.
7 p. m.---Demonstration of night flying by an army night bombing squadron, with field and planes illuminated.
9 a. m.---Gates open.
9:30 a. m.---Demonstration of the Farman plane, the smallest plane in the world, which weighs only 600 pounds but can make 60 miles an hour.
10 a. m.---Arrival of Veiled Prophet by airplane, this being the first time his majesty has ever appeared in public except for his annual parade and ball.
10:30 a. m.---Reception to the Veiled Prophet by Miss Alice Busch, retiring Queen of the Court of Love and Beauty; two special maids, maids and matrons of honor, Air Board officials and visiting dignitaries.
10:45 a. m.---Demonstration by airship TC-3 from Scott Field, with helium in its gas bag.
11 a. m.---Event No. 2, Flying Club of St. Louis trophy race, for civilians only; distance 93 miles, three times around the course. Prizes, $500, $300 and $200 in each of two classes, speed and efficiency.
Entrants: Robert P. Hewitt, 1 (plane number), Farman "sport"; Charles Sherman Jones, 2, Curtiss Oriole; Lawrence B. Sperry, 14, Messenger; Edmond T. Allen, 27, B. A. S.; Maj. William B. Robertson or Lieut. Frank H. Robertson, 28, special; Walter E. Lees, 59, Hartzell Prop. Co. FC-1; Perry G. Hutton, 61, Laird Swallow; John K. La Grone, 665, Rogers-Day.
12 noon.---Arrival of air mail squadron---10 planes from Omaha, Neb.; three from San Francisco; three from New York and two from Washington, D. C.
September 30, 1923
on the Aviation History Online Museum website.
There is a beautiful picture of the plane and a short history.
You can visit that page by clicking on:
While you are there, you might want to take
the whole "Garber Facility Virtual Tour"
by clicking on "Garber Facility Virtual Tour Home Page."
courtesy of Steve Remington - CollectAir
Signed by R P Hewett, Pilot EAT
Contributed by Steve Henderson, 3-19-11
Highly Recommended Further Reading:
CITY OF FLIGHT:
The History of Aviation in St. Louis
by James J. Horgan
The Patrice Press.
From The Early Birds of Aviation
If you have any more information on this Early Bird,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper