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biplane, with an 80 h.p. Gnome rotary engine in Chicago.  This was completed in April, 1914, and taken to Cicero Field for flight first flight tests. After some flights it was flown to Grant Park, where Lincoln treated downtown Chicagoans to their first aerial looping exhibitions, making two flights a day for four [[sidenote]] Tr [[/sidenote]] days, beginning May 16th. That summer Hillery [[circled]] at times [[/circled]] accompanied Lincoln's troup as a mechanic.
During the fall and winter months of 1914-1915, Hillery again joined with his ✔ brother in the design and construction of the monoplane in which Lincoln lost ✔ his life at San Francisco on March 14 [[strikethrough th]], 1915. With the tragic loss of his famous brother, Beachey gave up aviation completely and made his home in California for the remainder of his life.
In 1941 Beachey suffered a stroke said to have been cause by the skull ✔ fracture he sustained at St. Louis in 1911. He was seriously ill in a California hospital for some time. He was as active in the Early Birds organization as his health permitted, and in 1948 was their Second Vice President. After gradually failing in health for some time, he passed away on July 22 [[strikethrough th]], 1964. There were ✔ no surviving relatives.
Flying Pioneer Hillery Beachey was indeed one of the very first in the business. Self-taught, but plagued by hard luck, he nevertheless deserves immeasurable credit for his courageous and determined contributions to early American aviation history. Quiet by nature, he was a skilled and diligent workman and served the new science of air locomotion in all its early phases. Aeronaut, aviator, designer and builder, the name Beachey, will never die in the annals of flight.


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