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In February, 1908, Beachey and Wild flew at the in Jacksonville, Florida, Exposition, and in October he was at Philadephia, [[strikethrough]] Pennysylvania [[/strikethrough]] for a Founder's Celebration flying under the auspices of the Philadelphia Inquirer. While there he flew over the city and [[strikethrough]] then [[/strikethrough]] 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, [[strikethrough]] while [[/strikethrough]] Curtiss and Willard also flew their [[strikethrough]] aeroplanes [[/strikethrough]] airplane there? Beachey was a contestant at the first air meet at Domingues Field, Los Angeles, Califonia, January 10th to 20th, 1910.[[strikethrough]] There [[/strikethrough]] he and Knabenshue flew their dirigibles, and Curtiss, Willard, Hamilton and Paulhan were all flying [[strikethrough]] aeroplanes [[/strikethrough]] airplanes. Beachey won a dirigible race against Knabenshue on January 14th. By this time he was intensely interested in the [[strikethrough]] aeroplane [[/strikethrough]] airplane 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 even was predomina [[strikethrough]] tely [[/strikethrough]] ntly a Wright Brothers Meet, Knabenshue [[strikethrough]] had [[/strikethrough]] arranged for Beachey to be there with their monoplane but it did not fly. June 22nd 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 Curtiss, Willard, Mars and Ely. Beachey had his dirigible out every day and was also trying to fly his plane, [[strikethrough]] finally wrecking [[/strikethrough]] that he finally wrecked it when he ran into a fence. It was there that Beachey [[strikethrough]] evidently abandoned the balloon, and on [[/strikethrough]] decided to give up dirigibles in favor of airplanes. From June 29th to July 1st he was at Sioux City, Iowa, as Willard's mechanic, then he went to Kansas City July 3rd and 4th, again as mechanic and assistant. On July 11th Beachey was at Atlantic City, New Jersey with Curtiss 3
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