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In February, 1908 Beachey and Wild flew at the Jacksonville, Florida Exposition, and in October he was at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a Founder's Celebration flying under the auspices of the Philadelphia Inquirer. While there he flew over the city and then dropped a message to Rear Admiral Marix aboard the Idaho anchored in the Delaware River. He also made night flights with searchlights on his airship. 


In September, 1909 Beachey and Knabenshue raced their dirigibles at Nashville, Tennessee during the State Fair. In October he was at the St. Louis, Missouri Centennial with Baldwin and Knabenshue and there, on October 7th, Curtiss made a short flight in his biplane. November 12th to 14th Beachey was at the Latonia Race Track, Cincinnati, Ohio with Knabenshue, while Curtiss and Willard also flew their aeroplanes.

Beachey was a contestant at the first air meet at Dominguez Field, Los Angeles, California, January 10th to 20th, 1910. There he and Knabenshue flew their dirigibles, and Curtiss, Willard, Hamilton and Paulhan were all flying aeroplanes. Beachey won a dirigible race against Knabenshue on January 14th. By this time he was intensely interested in the aeroplane as it was rapidly stealing the show from balloons. There is evidence that Beachey and Knabenshue built a monoplane at Los Angeles during the early months of 1910 using a 4 cylinder Curtiss engine. That spring Knabenshue became Exhibition Manager for the Wrights and promoted their first public flying meet at Indianapolis, Indiana on June 12th to 18th. Although this event was predominately a Wright Brothers Meet Knabenshue had Beachey there with their monoplane but it did not fly. 

June 22d to 25th Beachey was at an air meet at Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota with his dirigible and the monoplane. Also flying at this event were Curtis, Willard, Mars, and Ely. Beachey had his dirigible out every day and was also trying to fly his plane, finally wrecking it when he ran into a fence. There Beachey evidently abandoned the balloon, and on June 29th to July 1st he was at Sioux City, Iowa, as Willard's mechanic, then went to Kansas City July 3d and 4th, again as mechanic and assistant. On July 11th Beachey was at Atlantic City, New Jersey with Curtiss

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