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ing Contest followed one another in rapid succession Monday, 18 pilots taking off from the mountain top between Elmira and Big Flats, while several of them reached nearby communities, much to the delight of the residents. Robert Eaton, Norwich, landed at Ulster, Pa., 28 air miles from Elmira; A. L. Lawrence, Providence, R.I., landed near Corning, 16 air miles from starting point; Warren E. Eaton, Norwich, reached Chemung, six air miles. Stanley-Smith, University of Michigan accomplished the difficult feat of soaring from the mountain top to the airport, about five air miles, skirting the city and effecting a safe landing. B.L. Helvie, Akron, Ohio, took off at 1:18 p. m. in the special, two-seated glider designed by Dr. Gross, Akron, and when the contestants left the field for the night he was still in air. Pilot Helvie had been advised by Dr. Karl O. Lange, M. I. T. expert, he might expect a full moon and it was believed he contemplated an endurance test. Clouds, however, forced him to land at about 7:45, giving him more than seven hours in air. Glider Is Burned Robert and Warren Eaton sustained a quite severe loss when the glider flown by the former to Ulster was all but destroyed by fire on the return trip. This ship, one of the best entered in the contest, was being transported to Elmira on the usual trailer when a rubber tire, rubbing on the wing fabric, ignited the glider and in an instant flames shot high in air. The crew released the trailer from the towing car and fought the fir.e [[fire]]. It is believed part of the glider framework may be salvaged. Members of a Far Rockaway glider club, motoring to the contest Sunday night, suffered the loss of their glider when the trailer was struck by a hit-run driver in the Pocono Mountains. O'Meara in his flight to Tunkhannock landed beside a Girl Scout camp and was the center of attraction. He was invited to supper and when members of his crew arrived with the carrier they were amazed [[page has been torn and taped back together, some text is missing]] with a group of pretty Scouts and busily engaged in saluting the flag, the closing ceremony in camp each day. The gallant aviator had caught the fancy of his fair hostesses and he accepted an urgent invitation to return by air, by auto or on foot. In an interview with The Advertiser representative Mr. O'Meara said: "Clouds proved of greatest aid to me after taking off in Elmira but by the time I reached Towanda they had all disappeared but one and I was flying very low. I followed the river and was somewhat concerned about landing as the hills seemed covered with scrub growths. However, I found a satisfactory place and came down as air currents weakened. Had I been favored with a fair wind I could have continued to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., thus breaking the world record for distance soaring." Hitch-Hike Pilot One of the popular pilots at the contest is William Howard, Waukegan, Ill., near Chicago, who hitchhiked to Elmira to witness the events. His trip required four days although he says he actually walked but 25 miles. Mr. Howard is an instructor in gliding and declares he has already been well repaid for his trip here by the marked development in soaring he has been able to witness. He agrees with Wolf Hirth and Dr. Wolfgang Klemperer that Elmira is destined to become the Wasserkuppe of America. Announcement in The Advertiser that Miss Elizabeth H. Deane, contest secretary, is to wed William S. Habeck, made the popular young woman the center of interest. The engagement notice was duly posted on the bulletin board while Sergeant Charles Roche, of the New York State Police, endeavored to select from among the pilots a suitable attendant for the prospective bride. He also offered the services of the State Police as a guard of honor at the wedding and modestly asserted that if given time to practice he might play the wedding march on a saxophone. Accomplishments at this year's contest, in the matter of records, may be appreciated from the flights of Monday. In all but one instance [[page has been torn and taped back together, a line of text is missing]] the soaring record held by W. Hawley Bowlus, California, at the close of last year's meet, while O'Meara's flight was more than seven times the number of air miles negotiated by Bowlus. It need not be surprising, contest officials say, if a world record is shattered before the meet closes next Sunday. Flights of Monday The following table of glider takeoffs, Monday, shows the regularity with which ships are leaving the field under the direction of General Manager Earl Southee: 9:26 a. m.-James Fletcher, Rhode Island. 9:54 a. m.-Stanley Smith, University of Michigan. 10:04 a. m-W. E. Eaton, Norwich. 10:12 a. m.-C. J. Hochreiter, Elmira. 10:21 a. m.-Robert Eaton, Norwich. 10:30 a. m.-Jack O'Meara, New York. 10:39 a. m.-Walter Snell, Rhode Island. 10:54 a.m.-R. S. Barnaby, Washington. 11:00 a. m.-F. K. Iszard, Elmira. 11:52 a. m.-Dana Darling, Mass. 12:05 p. m.-George Slade, Rhode Island. 1:18 p. m.-B. L. Helvie Akron. 2:11 p. m.-W. C. Decker, Elmira. 2:24 p. m.-James Weiberg, Elmira. 3:10-K. R. Stead, Norwich. 3:22 p. m.-E. L. Marshall, University of Michigan. 3:37 p. m.-A. L. Lawrence, Rhode Island. 6:16 p. m.-W. R. Enyart, Washington. PLANS AERIAL TRIP London, July 18-(AP)-J.A. Mollison, Australian, flier, announced today that he will attempt to make a round trip air flight to New York, starting Aug. 7, if the weather is good. [[a seperate clipping]] in this year's contest, but does not seem inclined to follow her mother's footsteps so far as aerial aspirations go. Her father was an associate of George "Buck" Weaver, designer of the first Waco airplaneandfounderof of the Waco airplane and founder of the Waco Aviation Company. Mr. when Janet was a baby in arms. [[underlined note]] Junkin died [[/underlined note]] LEGION MEMBER KILLED Estes Park, Colo., July 18.-(AP) -Robert F. Smith, 41, of Indianapolis, general manager of the American Legion Publishing Company was killed while mountain climbing today. A boulder, rolling down the north slope of Long's Peak, struck him in the head. ------------------ Classified
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