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______________________________ELMIRA STAR [[left side]] Slow Breezes Prevent Long Glider Flights Albert Hastings Now Leader Of Meet With Trip To Erin On Monday-Flyers 'Bomb' Airport With Four Sacks Wednesday. (Continued from First Page) Two score glider pilots, automatically grounded by adverse weather conditions, were chafing at the Elmira airport this morning while anxiously scanned the skied for the slightest wisp of a breeze. Although the national gliding and soaring contest entered its fifth day today the visiting birdmen have not had more than five hours of actual soaring conditions. If Old Man Weather should continue to keep the pilots on the ground for the balance of the two weeks, Albert E. Hastings, national glider champion, stands to win the lion's share of the $4,000 prize money. Hastings Ahead Thus Far Hastings' 14-mile flight to Erin Tuesday on the wings of a thunder storm when he also reached an altitude of 2,000 feet has been the outstanding performance to date. Taking into account the sultry weather Elmira experiences during August, officials are of the opinion that this record may stand for the contest. Gentle winds gave the pilots an opportunity to try their skill from South Mountain for a time Wednesday morning but even these died out in the afternoon. However, the flyers gave a brief demonstration of what they can do when weather conditions are right. Realizing they will have to take advantage of the slightest opportunity, the pilots hopped their ships into the air in rapid succession Wednesday morning. The two women contestants, Mrs.Russell E. Holderman and Mrs.Ralph S. Barnaby, led in the take off. Others who followed and soared for a time on the gentle zephyrs before they landedat the airport included J. Sloat Fassett, 3rd, W. Hawley Bowlus, Captain Russell E. Holderman, Norman Weiberg, "Gus" Haller,, Martin Schempp, A. B. Schultz and Robert Eaton. With an absolute calm prevailing in the afternoon, the contest officials decided to continue with the program of airport events. One of these stunts, taxing the pilot's skill to the utmost, provided the spectators with real entertainment. This stunt consists of a pilot tak- [[second column]] ing off with auto tow, making a 180 degree turn, tossing a bag of the flour (the bomb) as near as possible to the flag in the center of a large circle; making another 180 degree turn, tossing another bag; making a third 180 degree turn and then landing as near the flag as possible. Veteran pilots, trying the stunt for the first time, expressed surprise at the difficulties they encountered in coming anywhere near the mark. Play Tag in Clouds Special interest also was created in the afternoon by airplane towing of gliders. Warren E. Eaton Norwich; Albert E. Hastings, Elmira; and Wallace Franklin, Ypsilanti, Mich.,engaged in this exciting sport. Airplane-towed up to an altitude of 3,00 feet, the pilots Freak Airplane, Radio Car Features of [[cutoff]] [[image 1]] [[image 2]] EVEN the autogiro winced a bit and swallowed its pride when Charles W. Hall of Buffalo, aviator engineer, landed at Elmira Airport Wednesday with his newest creation, "The Goldfinch." Photo upper left shows the new plane in which the motor and even the controls are inverted. Mr.Hall standing beside ship was interested observer at the National Glider meet. The ratio car which served so efficiently Monday in calling an ambulance to the scene of Major William L. Purcell's crash on East Hill is shown at upper right. Its operators are C.C. Kahn and E. W. Lewis Albert E. Hastings, America's glider champion, smiles at lower right as he prepares to go aloft to do glider bombing, a stunt he originated. Mrs.Ralph S. Barnaby at lower left is making a perfect spot landing after a long glide fro South Mountain. [[2 1/2" from work]] played tag in the fleecy clouds for more than an hour before they came down. outs on East Hill, was reported favorable at St.Joseph's Hospital today.
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