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Noted Pilots Take Off
Eastern Fliers Ready to Start.
By the United Press.

CLEVELAND AIRPORT, Sept. 4.– After an overnight stop tonight at Buffalo, the Eastern group of National Air Races fliers were to hop off for Akron.  They were to cruise over Pennsylvania, their motors slowed up by agreement, then dash the forty miles from Akron to the airport here at top speed.
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Twelve Amateurs Leave Hickville, N. Y.–Cleveland Is Goal.

Hicksville, N. Y., Sept. 4 (INS)– Twelve amateur society flyers, four of them women, took off from here today for the air races at Cleveland.  The society pilots will make stops at Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo, today and remain all night at Buffalo.  From there they will take off tomorrow for Cleveland.  A silver trophy will be awarded the winner who will be selected on a point basis.

Included in the flyers are Miss Jessamin Goddard of New York;  Miss Laura Morgan of New York;  Miss Manila Davis of Clarksburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Bettie Huyler Giles of Garden City.  The aviators started taking off at 10.30 a. m.
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Leads Field of Eight From California to Cleveland and Continues.
Airman Makes Sensational Time–Goal Extended to New York.

CLEVELAND, September 4 (A.P.) – James H. Doolittle arrived at Cleveland airport this afternoon, after a high-speed dash from Burbank, near Los Angeles, Cal., and took off for New York almost immediately in an attempt to break the coast-to-coast record of Frank Hawks.

He was the first of eight flyers to arrive in the race for the Vincent Bendix trophy and $15,000 in prizes.

Doolittle made the 2,044-mile flight here in 9:10.21.2.

BURBANK, Cal., September 4 (A.P.)–Eight speedy airplanes, each with a star flyer at its controls, shot out of Burbank today toward the national air races at Cleveland in competition for the Bendix air trophy and $15,000 in prizes.

If they made good time to Cleveland the aviators planned to continue to New York in an effort to break the transcontinental speed record of Frank Hawks.  Weather reports along the 2,040-mile route to Cleveland were favorable.

The official order of the takeoffs follows:  First, Lou Reichers, Arlington, N. Y., Lockheed-Altair-Cyclone;  second, Water S. Hunter, Sparta, Ill., Travelair Mystery S Whirwind;  third, Captain Ira Eaker, Washington, Lockheed-Altair-Wasp;  fourth, Harold S. Johnson, Chicago, Lockheed-Orion-Wasp;  fifth, Beeler Blevins, Atlanta, Lockheed-Orion-Wasp;  sixth, James Doolittle, St. Louis, Laird Solution-Whirlwind;  seventh, James Goodwin Hall, New York, Lockheed-Altair-Wasp;  and eighth, Art Goebel, Los Angeles, Lockheed-Vega-Wasp.

The takeoffs were without accident, although Doolittle, former army speed ace and stunt flyer, gave the crowd a thrill when he opened wide the throttle of his diminutive plane and leaped across the field.  His plane has a reported maximum speed of 300 miles an hour.

Blevins, his plane heavily loaded, barely cleared a fence at the far edge of the field.  Eaker also had to make a long run to get into the air.

Only Hall and Goebel planned non-stop flights to Cleveland.  Reichers planned to stop at Kansas City;  Hunter at Winslow, Ariz.;  Amarillo, Tex., and Wichita, Kas., and Eaker, Johnson, Doolittle and Blevins at Wichita.

The aviators planned to touch ground at the national air races and then continue to New York in an attempted to break the Hawks record of 12:25, if they made good time as far as Cleveland.  An additional prize of $2,500 is offered to the aviator breaking the transcontinental speed mark.
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Eight Men and Four Women Race to Cleveland "Simply for Fun."

HICKSVILLE, L. I., September 4 (A.P.)–Four women and eight men–aristocrats of the air who pilot their own planes "simply for fun"–hopped off from Long Island Aviation Country Club for Cleveland today.  It was the first annual American handicap Derby for amateur flyers.  Lawrence Turnure, New York banker, was the first to take off.

Pledged not to race their ships beyond cruising speed, the contestants will match their general flying skill in one of the most leisurely air derbies ever held.  They will make stops at Albany and Buffalo en route to the Cleveland municipal airport, where the national air races are being held.

[[image - portrait photograph of a man captioned LIEUT. JAMES H. DOOLITTLE.]]

Among the contestants are a number of socially prominent men and women, several business executives and others who fly for sport.  Following Turnure, the order of takeoff was Granville S. Smith, C. B. Sweet, Miss Jessamine Goddard, Miss Laura Morgan, James E. Eblen, Miss Manila Davis, Mrs. B. Allison Gilies, Vernon Shaw Kennedy, John W. LaSell, Robert Buck and Allen Eustis.
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