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Mountain Breezes Send Ships Aloft; Senator is Visitor The expectations of the glider pilots entered in the meet here quickened with the wind this morning and nearly all of the 35 flyers and 26 ships left the airport about 11:30 a. m. to try their wings again official competition. Though the windsock drooped listlessly over the hangar, from South Mountain came reports an hour later the first ship had been shot off the slope and hung suspended over the crest of the hill,, while others were being assembled and ready to take the runway. Eaton First in Air Warren E. Eaton of Norwich, N. Y. hopped first from South Mountain. He attempted to soar along the ridge but found no updrafts of air and was forced to land at the foot of the mountain near Seeley Creek. W. Hawley Bowlus of LeRoy and Martin Schemp of Pittsburgh were going to launch their sailplanes from East Hill but the ships were not in the air at 1 p. m. They reported conditions favorable for the light sailplanes but doubtful for the heavier utility gliders. L. F. Ross of Cleveland, referee, said this afternoon's contests probably would take place at East Hill as it seemed the more favorable of the two sites. He stated if the trial by Bowlus and Schempp failed, the pilots would concentrate on the airport program from 4 to 7 p. m. While waiting for the breeze to spring up this morning, the pilots held a meeting at the airport. They decided to use the $50 posted as a prize for an airplane tow event for some other event, as all of the pilots would not be eligible to compete for the money. Added to the roster of gliders at the airport this morning was the new Franklin ship to be flown by Lieut. Joseph Lyman of Northampton, Mass., a member of the Franklin team of Ypsilanti, Mich. Lieut. Commander and Mrs. Halpine of Buffalo also arrived to watch Lieutenant and Mrs. Barnaby in meet competition. Lieut. Commander Halpine, U. S. N., and his wife are both close friends of the Washington flyers. He is inspector of the naval aircraft division of the Curtiss factory at Buffalo. Wednesday afternoon the pilots were greeted by U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner, who dropped other duties to observe for the his first time the mysteries of soaring flight. Elmirans who stood near Senator Wagner heard him express amazement as he watched the gliders hover like huge fish in the sea of air over the airport, then slide gracefully down with almost mechanical precision to nose the flag in the field. From his comments, reported to both civil and service pilots, they judge that, as a result of the Elmira meet, gliding is assured at least some legislative interest should it ever come before Congress while Senator Wagner is a member. Residents here who read of the hair-raising stunt of Cy "Shorty" Bittner, air mail pilot who won civil admiration and official censure for flying among the bullets of Auburn Prison during the last riot, had the opportunity to observe him in person at the field Wednesday. He dropped into witness the flights from South Mountain to the 'port. Another arrival this morning was William J. Perfield of the A. B. C. Glider Club, Detroit, who is to fly here. It was announced this morning that Binghamton's stunt parachute jumper, Thomas DeMann, will make two jumps each on Saturday and Sunday during the airport events. DeMann has performed several times here. (Continued on Page Eight)
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