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[[left margin]] The epoch-making tourney is listed officially as the National Air Races of 1926, an annual event in which the world competes and which yearly reveals all the developments in aviation. Air Courses Laid Out Two air courses marked by pylons have been laid out by Major Howard F. Wehrle, managing director of the tournament. One extends from the course on the Model Farms westward and is a five mile circuit. The other crosses the Delaware into South Jersey and is a twelve mile circuit. A grand stand and a parking field of 100 acres for motors are part of the equipment on the course that has been constructed at Model Farm under Major Wehrle's direction. The entire surface of the Farm has been leveled and sown with timothy which already shows a fine growth of grass. The subsoil has a network of drain pipes and a large emergency drain system which will take care of heavy storms. In addition to the races in which civilians, army and navy fliers will compete, there will be stunt flying of all descriptions. Night circusses will be seen for the first time in America over the brilliantly illuminated field. Air raids, aerial bombardments, combats, parachute leaps, aerial radio tests, comedy stunts, and transport and aerial advertising will all be demonstrated. Foreign Aces to Compete Foreign pilots of the first rank and foreign planes that have not yet been shown in public will be among the competitors. Opposed to these will be American civilians, naval and military pilots and planes with advanced equipment which will be seen here for the first time. The "On to the Sesqui" race, the opening event, permits the entrants to start at any time after August 24 from any part of the country and cover any distance. so that they arrive at the meet field before midnight of September 3. It is a contest to demonstrate the cross-country ability of commercial aircraft; army and navy and U.S. mail airplanes will therefore not be permitted to compete. It is open to any type of civilian aircraft. This race is a permanent feature of the National Air Races, similar events having been on the programmes of the meets at Detroit, St, Louis and Dayton in previous years. It carries a cash prize of $4000. and the winner receives the Sesqui-Centennial trophy. Light Plane Races Other features worthy of special mention are the three races for light airplanes with engine piston displacement of 510 cubic inches or less. The first two of these races are elimination contests, each with $1250 in prizes. Pilots who gain a place in each race may compete in the third race for $2000 in money prizes, the winner to be the permanent possessor of the Aero Club of Pennsylvania trophy. Thea race for pilots and machines of any National Guard unit carries $1000 in cash prizes and a trophy offered by C. Townsend Ludington. It will become the permanent possession of the winner. The air transport and speed efficiency race for the Detroit News trophy and $2500 in cash prizes is designed to bring together in a reasonable test all commercial planes with a speed of eight miles an hour or more, and at least 1000 pounds payload capacity. The free-for-all pursuit ship race is open to military or naval planes of that type owned by any government and piloted by service men. A trophy is offered by the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Mo., and will be the permanent possession of the winner. Individual trophies will be awarded to the first four pilots finishing the race. Similar trophy awards will be made to the pilots winning first, second, third and fourth places in the John L. Mitchell trophy race. It is a closed event for pilots of the First Pursuit Group, U.S. Army Air Service. Relay Races Scheduled There are two relay races for civilians, each bearing prizes totaling $1000, the winner of the first to be awarded a trophy given by the B.B.T. Corporation of America and the winner of the second to receive the "Benjamin Franklin" trophy offered by Joseph A. Steinmetz, of Philadelphia. Among the other trophies are the "Independence Hall" trophy in the free-for-all race for two, three and four-place airplanes, donated by the Bailey, Banks and Biddle Company, Philadelphia, with additional cash prizes totaling $2500; the "Betsy Ross" trophy offered by Jacob Reed's Sons, Philadelphia, and the "Aero Digest" trophy in the speed and efficiency race for light planes. This race will also pay $2000 in cash prizes. Another is the "Valley Forge" trophy, offered by Dr. Thomas E. Eldridge, one of the pioneer aviation enthusiasts of Philadelphia. This prize goes to the winner of a special precision landing contest. The "Liberty Bell' trophy has been donated by the John Wanamaker store, Philadelphia, to the winner of the race for large capacity military airplanes, with individual trophies for the first four to finish. Other contests include the model airplane race, with $500 in cash prizes and the Mulvilhill trophy; the sport place race for civilians, with $1500 in cash prizes, and the "Scientific American" trophy; the civilian race for light planes, with $1500 in prizes and the "Aviation Town and Country Club of Detroit" trophy; the race for observation type two-place military planes, with the "Liberty Engine Builders" trophy and individual trophies for the first four to finish. [[/ left margin]] [[stamp]] The American Legion 1927 Official Membership Card January 28th, 1927 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT that Howard F. Wehrle AT THE DATE OF ISSUING THIS CARD WAS IN GOOD STANDING IN Wm. T. Fitzsimmons Post POST NO. 8 LOCATED AT Kansas City Mo. Howard F, Wehrle Joa Dawes NOT VALID UNLESS COUNTERSIGNED BY THE MEMBER POST ADJUTANT OR [[strikethrough]] FINANCE OFFICER [[/strikethough]] No. 368768 [[/stamp]] ice westward out of New Brunswick and northward into New England out of New York. The service will last, at least, until the close of the air races on September 11. It will bring Philadelphia mail within 34 hours' delivery of the Pacific coast and will provide a mile-and-a-half-a-minute service between this city and all points on the 10 contract air mail lines now operating throughout the country. It will also reduce by hours, and in certain instances a half day, delivery time between Philadelphia, Hartford, Conn. and Boston. Officials, commenting on the new air mail branch, said that if Philadelphia business houses and other commercial interests display an active interest in this service there is a strong possibility that it will be made permanent. [Phila Recon?] 8-9-26
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