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48 U.S. AIR SERVICES November, 1931 WARREN L. BAKER, sales and advertising manager of the Glenn L. Martin Company, has returned to Baltimore after a nine weeks sales trip to South America, through Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, and Panama, about 16,500 miles Mr. Baker was received cordially by the military officials everywhere. Hostility towards visiting Americans throughout South America proved to be, in the case of Mr. Baker, a baseless rumor. He was treated with true southern hospitality, and there isn't anything better than that. A Health Parasol, especially constructed type designed for landing in restricted areas, was recently brought down without difficulty on a building in Grand Rapids, Mich., piloted by C Duke Miller. A Ford trimotor seaplane took off from the Detroit River with news reel camera crews t shoot the recent Harmsworth trophy race, in which Miss England II, piloted by Kaye Don, and Miss America IX, with Gar Wood at the wheel, were contestants. During the progress of the race heats, the plane with its engines throttled down, circled the course above the racing boats. The Ford seaplane, fitted with high-speed equipment, is capable of a top speed of 135 miles an hour and cruises at 108. The Universal division of American Airways, Inc., has awarded a contract for the construction of a hangar on the Chicago Municipal Airport. The hangar, of steel frame construction and brick sidewalls, will be 120 feet wide and 200 feet long. It will have a clearance of 22 feet under the trusses. The project represents an investment of $150,000 and will require 225 tons of structural steel. F. G. Coburn, president of the company, announced that the hangar would replace one recently destroyed by the fire on the Chicago airport. Sydney O. Bonnick of New York, made more than 1,000 exposures on the Forbes-Grenfell Northern Aerial Survey Expedition, which was recently successfully completed at Boston. Harold G Crowley was the pilot of the Fairchild monoplane, Wasp engine. They Want to Fly For the Following Reasons THROUGH a group of student pilots who were recently attending the various aviation schools on Long Island, in which was included every representative type in out modern social system from the scion of an ancient French family of the nobility to the motorman of an Eighth Avenue surface car, an unusual opportunity of feeling the pulse of public for the purpose of determining its attitude toward aviation was afforded to the one who asked them their reasons for taking up aviation, says the New York Times. Their reasons were as different from one another as were the ones who gave them. For instance: Viscount G. Le Pelley du Manoir, 33 years old and a graduate of the University of Paris, took up aviation because it is "most thrilling," while John J. McNamara, a motorman on an Eighth Avenue surface car, who has long watched with envy the aviators soaring high above his trolley car, believes that he has a better future in aviation than with a trolley company. McNamara, who was born in Ireland, had saved his money for a long time to take a course in flying. Chung Chuan Lieu, who comes from 5 Kung Hung, Foochow, China, and is now residing at 515 West 124th Street, New York City, believes that the development of aviation in China will solve many of that country's difficulties; that it will promote intercourse between the people in the outlying districts and thereby make the work of the Chinese Government easier, and that aviation has the biggest future in China because of the present lack of railroads. Lieu, who is 25 years old, has spent several years at various American universities. Miss Peggy Remey, a member of the Junior League, declared that since taking up flying she finds going to dinner parties and to dances very boring, while Alton Luck, a soda-jerker in a drug store, sums up his reasons for taking up aviation in four words-"because it is swell." He is sixteen. Abraham Lafferty, fifty-five-year-old Congressman from Oregon, who sat beside Lindbergh's father in Congress from 1911 to 1915, thinks aviation is beyond compare as a sport, while Antonio Vargas Bustos, who comes from Barranquilla, Columbia, S.A., shares the view of his Chinese fellow aviation enthusiast in declaring that it will greatly add in the development of his country. Frew W. Guss, a twenty-eight-year-old musician, is taking up aviation because he could drive a bargain. He and several of his fellow-musicians were given a special rate for a private pilot's course in consideration for the occasional services of his "flying band" at the airport. His is a most unusual case. Peter Erickson, who is employed by the Roosevelt Steamship Company on their around-the-world cruises, took up aviation so that he could qualify as a pilot and navigator on one of the transoceanic airline which he feels are soon to come, while Capt. Oscar Christensen, skipper of the yacht Arcadia, took a special thirty-hour course in aerial navigation because of its coming importance. Tex Rankin made 131 outside loops at the Southern Air Pageant, Charlotte, N.C., on October 12, a world record. The former record was held by Roy Hunt, of Oklahoma, at 124. Capt. Wolfgang von Gronau arrived recently from Chicago in a Dornier flying boat called the Gronland-Wal. Captain Von Gronau with the members of his crew made the flight from Germany to Greenland, across the Greenland ice barrier, and then flew to Canada, coming down the Hudson Bay across Lake Superior and down Lake Michigan to Chicago, thus duplicating in general the flight which he made a year ago at this time. He stated to a naval officer that considerable difficulty was experienced in crossing the ice cap during which time he felt as though he were flying in a tremendous glistening saucer. He had difficulty in gauging his altitude above the ice and on several occasions his antenna struck the surface. In Greenland the two aft cylinders of the aft motor had pistons freeze, necessitating repairs requiring five days. The plane was adequately prepared for radio communication, having direction finder equipment, short and long wage length sending and receiving sets. This flight had been accepted almost as a matter of routine, due no doubt to the almost aggressive modesty of the Captain and crew.
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