|Walter Lees, Dayton pilot, is shown rounding a pylon
in his FC-2, No. 17
WILBUR WRIGHT FIELD
OCTOBER 2-3-4, 1924
1. ON TO DAYTON RACE, September 20th to October 1st.
WALTER LEES LOWERS & RAISES LEVEL OF TRAVEL
Following the advantage of the wind by raising and lowering the level of travel is credited by Walter Lees, pilot of the Hartzell FC-2, No. 17 with the winning of the National Cash Register trophy race, the second event of the international air meet, yesterday.
"I had to feel my speed at various levels before I could attain the 110 miles per hour that was needed to win the race," said Lees, after landing.
The sun's reflection from the river's surface produced a blinding effect on the pilots in the second race, but failed to impair the going of the plane.
"The flight of a crow nearly lost the race for me, when I had to detour to miss one of the birds during the third lap," explained Lees.
The event was won in a Hartzell ship built by the Hartzell Propeller Company, at Piqua, and designed by Fred Charavay for the company.
Walter Lees, winner of the trophy, is an employee of the Johnson flying field service, and lives on Wilmington Avenue, Dayton.