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Fliers Mark Kitty Hawk 
Day at Dance Tomorrow

Kitty Hawk Day, the 49th anniversary of man's first power-driven plane flight, will be observed by more than 500 San Francisco Bay area aircraft pilots, executives and friends at a dinner dance tomorrow night at the Alameda Naval Air Station.

More than 10 flying groups and three civic organizations joined in sponsoring the annual tribute to the epochal December 17, 1903, experiment by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Sponsoring organizations include: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Air Women, Bay Area Aviation Committee, Civil Air Patrol, Early Birds, Marin County Sheriff's Air Patrol, National Aeronautic Association, Ninety-Nines, Quiet Birdmen, Women Flyers of America, and the Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward Chambers of Commerce.

Guests expected will include Mayor Clifford E. Rishell, an aviation enthusiast, and famous members of the Early Birds, fliers who were active before 1915.

Among the latter will be Ruth Law Oliver, first aviatrix to "loop the loop" and who set a long distance solo flight record on November 20, 1916 -- 590 miles in five hours and 40 minutes.

Other noteworthy early air performers expected to be present are: Frank Coffyn, who learned to fly from Orville Wright and was first to fly under Brookly and Manhattan bridges in 1912; Robert G. ("Bob") Fowler, who made the first east-bound transcontinental flight from San Francisco to Jacksonville, Fla., from August 11, 1911, to January 6, 1912; Maj. Ernie Smith, who flew the first civilian plane from Oakland to the Hawaiian Islands; H. P. Christopherson, who became a pilot in 1912 and was an early plane builder in the Bay area; Anthony Stadleman, Lansing K. Tevis, Capt. George Gillispie, USN retired, and Stanley Hiller, father of the helicopter manufacturer

When to Mail
Christmas Cards

Oakland's Acting Postmaster Joseph Chaudet said today that a Christmas card loses its intent if delivered late or if it isn't delivered at all.

He offered this advice on Christmas card mailing:

1 - Mail it before Monday if it's to go out of California. Mail it at least by December 18 if it is intended for a local address.

2 - Use a three-cent stamp, guaranteeing it will be forwarded, or returned if undeliverable. Also, he said, first class mail allows the privilege of inserting a personal note.

3 - Address the card with your "very best" handwriting - a help to the mailman and a joy to the addressee.

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