Antony Jannus

     If you search for "C. Murvin Wood", using the Google search engine, (9-14-08), you will find about 28 links. several of them leading to sources of images. Perhaps the most helpful, other than the two which lead back to this website, are the following.

New York, NY airplane falls from sky during race, Oct 1913
     This article is devoted primarily to the Times' flier, Capt. William Walb. However, C. Murvin Wood is mentioned as participating in a three man race. The third flier, Albert J. Jewel, in a Moisant aeroplane, declined to take part in the race at the last minute. Wood completed the flight satisfactorily. You can access the article by clicking on the title.

PRR Chronology
     This listing of significant events related to the Pennsylvania Railroad includes one brief mention of C. Murvin Wood, as follows:

"Aug. 8, 1913           Aviator C. Murvin Wood flies a Moisant monoplane from Garden
                                  City, N.Y., to Fort Meyer, Va., near Washington following PRR
                                   main line; as stunt, races a two-car PRR special from Jersey City
                                   carrying press and aviation officials. (NYT)"

     You can access this page by clicking on the title above. You may want to use the "FIND" function on " Murvin" to located the entry on the page.

     If you search for "C. Murvin Wood", using the Google Book search, (9-14-08), you will find about 20 links. You will find a mention of him on pages 111 and 112 of the following book.

  JANNUS, an American Flier
Thomas Reilly
  Antony Jannus Antony Jannus  
  Tony Jannus at the controls of a Benoist, 1913. Tony Jannus at the controls of the Rex Smith biplane, Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., 1911.  
Photos courtesy of the Florida Aviation Historical Society

"Jannus, an American Flier recounts the life and exploits of one of the forgotten figures of early aviation, a colleague of Curtiss and Benoist who pioneered in military and commercial aviation but died early and was all but lost amid the high-speed developments of the industry. Reilly's account will appeal to aviation historians in particular and to the many general readers interested in the pioneer era of flight."
---Louis S. Casey, curator, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Thomas Reilly presents the first complete account of one of America's aviation pioneers. Tony Jannus was a barnstormer, a test pilot, and a youthful, magnetic personality in aviation's early days of daredevils and adventurers. Reilly follows Jannus's exploits from his early flights at College Park, Maryland in 1910, through the first tests of airborne machine guns and parachutes, his record-setting flight from Omaha to New Orleans, to his role in the world's first airline, his career as a test pilot, and his premature death in Russia's Black Sea while delivering bombers to the Romanov government. Figuring prominently in the story are Jannus's relationships with fellow pioneers of the aviation industry such as Glenn Curtiss, Thomas Benoist and Katherine Stinson.
     Beyond headlines and records, Reilly introduces us to Jannus the man. Though others might have owned or designed the planes, Jannus was always the center of attention. His personality, good looks, and talent as a speaker made him a popular figure. He dated movie actresses, and women idolized him, though his gifts as the epitome of the romantic flyer led to a bitter break with Tom Benoist and eventually to his "banishment" to Russia by Glenn Curtiss.
     Drawing on decades of articles and books about the early aviators as well as FBI files, court cases against the Curtiss Company, hundreds of letters between Jannus and his contemporaries, and materials in the Russian archives, Reilly has composed a fascinating portrait of a compelling, romantic figure from the dawn of American aviation.
Thomas Reilly is an aviation consultant with 25 years of experience as chief financial officer for several airlines. He has served as curator for a number of exhibitions on aviation---most notably the Tuskegee Airmen---and has written many articles on aviation for Airline Pilot, Atlantic Flyer, and the Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society.
December, 240 pp. 6 X 9.
51 b&w photographs, notes,
bibliography, index.
ISBN 0-8130-1544-8 Cloth, $29.95
This from a brochure from the
University Press of Florida,
University of Florida,
15 N.W. 15th St.
Gainesville, Florida

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