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it was the impetus that touched off the competition for the grand prize of $100,000.

This event was open to any kind of air craft, that was capable of flying over an L shaped course on three seperate occasions and at a speed of not less than fifteen miles per hour. It is with regret that I must report, no one succeeded in winning that prize.

On October 25, 1904 Captain T.S. Baldwin's air ship the "California Arrow" made a flight over the Exposition grounds, making a circle around the big Ferris Wheel, thence to the Transportation building, turning again and headed for the Aeronautic Concourse, when almost over the spot from which the flight was made, the motor failed and a final landing was made near East St. Louis. This was the first time in America a controlled motor driven circular flight had been made.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made four flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wrights were concerned with lateral control and fore and aft stability, they did not attempt to make a turn.

I gave public exhibitions at State Fairs, Amusement Parks and with business houses during 1905 to and including 1909. It was during 1909 that I became painfully aware that the Aeroplane would supplant the Air Ship as far as public was concerned, During 1910 and 1911 I managed the exhibition business of the Wright Company and I witnessed improvements appear almost daily. As far as the public was concerned the useful day of the Air ship had passed. 
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