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Beach. Early in October he made several cross-country flights from Toledo carrying passengers, then made flights at Swanton and Oak Harbor, Ohio, and continued his activities there through the late fall of 1913. That month he demonstrated his 60 h.p. Burgess hydro to the State Militia and Naval Reserves at Toledo.
Atwood evidently remained in Toledo over the winter months of 1913-1914 and did electrical work for the Railway and Light Company. In December, the Wright Company exhibited one of their new "Aeroboats" at the Toledo Auto Show with Atwood in charge of the display. During the early spring months of 1914 he conducted the flight tests of on Aeroboat assigned to the Navy Department on Lake Erie for the Wright Company. Wright Company chief engineer, Grover Loening, assisted in these tests, and in March they were flying speed tests about 100 feet off the water in very rough air. Suddenly a severe bump ripped the stabilizer and elevator assembly away from the tail outriggers and the plane plunged into the lake at about 45°. They plowed into the water some 8 to 10 feet, stopped, then bounced back out again. Atwood and Loening were strapped in their seats, unharmed except for a real ducking.
At that time Atwood had place an order for a Wright Aeroboat, which he planned to use for passenger carrying at Toledo that season. This was delivered to him in May and he named it "Aermaide III." On June 1st he flew this new aeroboat from Toledo to Detroit, carrying W.D. Hyatt as a passenger, to give demonstrations at the Detroit Yacht Club for a few days. During his stay there he carried a number of prominent Detroit passengers then returned to Toledo carrying Wright pilot Rod Wright. That month Atwood and his wife were caught in another sever Lake Erie storm while flying the aeroboat and were forced to stay on an island for safety until the following morning. Atwood evidently remained at Toledo through 1914-1915 with the Railway and the Light Company assignment.
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