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for the reception of Elmira has given the visitors.

Manager Walker then introduced Lieutenant Edward Allen of Seattle, Albert Hastings of California, and the members of the B. F. Goodrich Glider Club team. Edward P. Warner, formerly assistant secretary of the Department of Commerce for "Aviation," now editor of Aviation, smilingly refused to be formally introduced, declaring he was a spectator and not a pilot and all honors should go to the pilots.

Just as the sun was sinking behind the hills the operator of the radio car reported a strong breeze headed toward Elmira and within a few minutes its presence was felt and the contest was on. Mr. Hirth, operating a full cantilever high wing monoplane, with silk inset wings and body resembling birds-eye  maple, one of the most beautiful gliders in the world according to authorities, took off to make a spot landing at the airport, the initial contest.

Shoots Into Air

Twenty-four men operated the shock cord and at 6:06 o'clock the sparkling ship was shot into the air, seemed to hesitate for an instant, then to gain altitude as it was lifted by its natural element. Hirth flew along the ridge of the hill until almost lost to view, then returned and unexpectedly announced his intention of remaining aloft. Again he disappeared, then returned in the sun's final glow, creating a picture of startling appeal, the glider seemingly a giant bird with golden plumage.

Darkness gathered quickly and Hirth was lost to view while at the airport the anxious crowd became increasingly nervous as the minutes sped and the pilot was unresponsive. Rumors flew thick and fast that he had crashed but the contest officials felt assured the skill of the aviator would stand the test. [[?]] cast by fires, flares and [[?]] the glider finally arrived [[?]] amid expressions of joy on the part of spectators. Mr. Hirth had been in the air 59 minutes and 48 seconds.

In the meantime Jack O'Meara of Akron, O., flying a Baker-McMillen Cadet 2, left the starting field and flew to the airport, landing close to the spot flag. His time was four minutes and 38 seconds. Lieutenant Edward Allen test pilot for United Aircraft Corporation, operating a Baker-McMillen Cadet 2 for the B. F. Goodrich Glider Club of Akron, knocked down the spot flag in a flight of five minutes and 19 seconds.

Ross Is Referee

L.F. Ross of the Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Company, Cleveland, was official referee, while H. W. Halverson of Washington, one of the Navy's former "high hat" squadron members, was official observer for the National Aeronautical Association. Mr. Warner and Dr. Klemperer witnessed the tests, Another interested spectator was Ronald Gall of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, donor of the major contest prize. Mr. Gall is a former Associated Press representative and a decided aviation fan.

Mr. Voorhees makes urgent request that more motor cars be donated for the visiting pilots and officials, the need for transportation Sunday being acute. Among the most active Elmirans, Sunday, at the starting field was George A. MacGreevey, Franklin J. Cassada, Franklin K. Iszard, M. Holmes Shoemaker, Joseph F. Riley, Leslie F. Ligh and George M. Tomlinson. 

Though but three ships took the air in Sunday's events, about 16 had come to the city and were prepared to compete. Among these, besides Hirth, O'Meara and Allen, who flew, were Martin Schempp of Syracuse, Augustine Hallor of Pittsburgh, Albert Hastings of San Diego, Duke Artrem of the Franklin Glider Corporation, Ypsilanti, Mich., six pilots of the B. F. Goodrich Rubber Company team and Dr. Wolfgang Klemperer of Akron.

Glider Builder Here

Mr. Warner, of New York City, editor "Aviation," was on the field in the capacity of official timer. Mr. Halverson, formerly of the Elmira Airport staff, is a secretary of the N. A. A. Private Flying Club committee of which Mr. Warner is chairman.

Fritz Ackerman, celebrated German pilot and designer, who. with his associates, built practically all gliders of merit to come to America from Germany, also is here. Mr. Ackerman is expected to be a contestant.

The distinguished guests at the exhibition Sunday included Mrs. Ralph S. Barnaby, wife of Lieut. Barnaby noted Navy pilot will arrive here on Thursday. Mrs. Barnaby is a skilled pilot, having taken the auto towing course from R. E. Franklin.

Lieut. O. H. Reynolds of Syracuse, pioneer in gliding activities there, came to Elmira for the day. He is author of books on gliding. 

The flights of Sunday were covered for the screen by a Universal Newsreel cameraman.

Late Sunday night R. E. Franklin of the Franklin Glider Corporation was expected to arrive. He will be a contestant. 

Contest Committees

Much of the success of the National Glider Association's contest here, during the ensuing two weeks, will depend on the close co-operation of the the various committees handling the details of the meet under the supervision of Sherman P. Voorhees, who is responsible for Elmira entertaining the first national contest.
When the contest was first suggested Mr. Voorhees saw its possibilities and for months has been working [[?]] to bring to Elmira a source of national advertising second only to the national air races. In his desire to advance the interests of its home city as well as the cause of aviation he has had the most earnest cooperation of Donald F. Walker, manager of the national organization, to who Elmira owes a substantial debt.
Members of the Elmira committees follow:
Executive Committee - Sherman P. Voorhees, chairman; Franklin K. Izzard, M. Holmes Shoemaker, Herman E. Brotzmen, Edward A. Mooers, Malcom J. Wilson, manager Association of Commerce.
Grounds Committee - Holmes M. Shoemaker, chairman; M. D. Brownlow, Pierson H. Salmon, John H. Way.
Police Committee - William T. Coleman, chairman; Arthur F. Baker, John T. Osowski, Joseph F. Riley.
Transportation Committee - T. J. Bush, chairman; F. Slee Crocker, John H. Way, George MacGreevey.
Parking Committee - H. S. Bryan, chairman; Joseph F. Riley, Arthur Baker, George A. MacGreevey.
Communications Committee - George J. Taylor, chairman; Dale L. Taylor, Franklin J. Cassada, R. P. McDowell.
Camp Committee - Leslie F. Light, chairman; George M. Tomlinson, R. P. McDowell.
Entertainment Committee - N. J. Learned, chairman; J. Arnot Rathbone, F. Slee Crocker, J. C. Buck, John T. Osowski, Major Frank P. Robinson, D. G. Anderson, W. H. Mandeville, William H. McGrath, William T. Coleman.
Launching Crew Committee - Joseph F. Riley, chairman; Robert Hyde, Arthur Baker.
Materials Committee - Leslie F. Light, chairman; Joseph F. Riley, Alfred MacLatchie.
Hotel Committee - M. D. Brownlow, chairman; Franklin K. Iszard, Kenneth W. Marks.
Finance Committee - Charles E. Brinser, chairman; Pierson H. Salmon, F. Slee Crocker, J. C. Buck, M. D. Brownlow, Norman J. Learned.
National publicity director - Charles Mathews.

Extend Courtesies

Many courtesies and real hospitality is being extended the participants in the National Glider meet by the directors of the Central YMCA during their stay here this week.
Special rates for the glider pilots and other men connected with the meet are offered and the Y facilities are open to them while they remain here.  The air men also are kept posted on what is to happen and notices of all meetings and contests are placed on the bulletin board.
Seven men who are taking active part in the contest have registered at the Y over the weekend. They are: H. W. Halverson of the Nautical Aero Association, Washington, D. C.; Augustine Haller, Pittsburgh; Albert Hastings, Los Angeles; Wolf Hirth, Syracuse; Martin Schempp, Syracuse; Erik Ackerman, Syracuse; Jack Herrick, Syracuse.
"Progress in the gilder movement and in soaring will attain the point of high refinement, to substitute in the place of 'brute' tactics in the piloting of a power plane," declared Dr. Wolfgang Klemperer research engineer of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, and international authority, in Elmira Sunday for the National Glider Association meet.
He stated that the meet being held here will now act as a decided impetus to soaring in this section and throughout the country and undoubtedly result in annual meets. Besides its status as a great practical benefit in instruction of men who wish to become power plan pilots, he classified gliding as a great sport.

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Prominent Elmirans who are co-operating to make the first national glider contest an outstanding success are as follows: First Row - Sherman P. Voorhees, chairman executive committee; J. Arnot Rathbone, member entertainment committee; Leslie F. Light, chairman material committee; Charles E. Brinser, chairman finance committee. Second row - H. S. Ryan, chairman road marking committee; William T. Coleman, chairman police committee; Norman J. Learned, chairman entertainment committee; Franklin K. Iszard, member executive committee. Third Row - M. D. Brownlow, chairman hotels committee; Joseph F. Riley, chairman launching crew committee; John T. Osowski, chairman parking committee.

Where Gliders Will Start Flights

No. 1  Sullivan's Monument Park.
No. 2  Smith-May Farm, Jerusalem Hill Road. Take first road right opposite school house on top of hill.
No. 3  Field midway berween Jerusalem Hill road and Watercure hill road on cinder road running along crest of Jerusalem Hill.
No. 3-X  Same road field near junction of Watercure Hill road and cinder road on William Gregg farm.
No. 4  Carr's hill north west of Horseheads - take Watkins road, turning left on dirt road just beyond quarry, follow dirt road one mile. 
No. 5  On Corning road, beyond Big Flats turn left one mile west of Big Flats on back road to Corning, cross bridge first road to left after crossing bridge.
No. 6  Same as No. 7, follow past barn same as in No. 7, take first turn right then turn left twice and next road to right.
No. 7  Coleman Ave., Hill to O. E. Boyd farm at cross-roads turn in at barn and follow lane. 
No. 8 - South Creek road toward Troy, take first left hand road beyond underpass, up South Mountain follow to Walsh farm. 
Glider take-off points will be marked within a radius of three miles from main highway watch for signs. Call Postal, Western Union or newspaper to find where contest is taking place. Remember glider contests depend upon prevailing wind for location of starting point. 

PURTELL IS HONORED BY COUNTY DEMOCRATS

Officers of the Democratic County Committee were re-elected without opposition at the organization meeting held Saturday afternoon in the City Hall.
Martin T. Purtell was re-
 



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