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ed only a broken leg and bruises. An investigating board ruled that his fatal accident had been caused by pulling out of an extended dive too suddenly. Since the diving speed of the monoplane was considerably higher than the biplane he had been flying, and [[strikethrough]] being [[/strikethrough]] seated in an enclosed fuselage, unable to feel the air pressure as in an open machine, he probably failed to realize the vast difference in his pull-out speed. His brother and entire crew had not been in favor of the monoplane for his work, and apparently Beachey himself was not satisfied with it, but he had been interested in such a machine for some time and was determined to give it a try. Lincoln Beachey dies at age 28, survived by his mother and brother, and [[strikethrough]] reportedly [[/strikethrough]] his father, who was living in Dayton, Ohio at the time. The famous and great of the aviation world attended his funeral on March 17th and thousands of his townspeople lined the streets along the way to Mt. Olivet Cemetery where he was buried. He was a member of the Elks Club, and shortly after his death a special Panama Pacific Exposition Medal was presented to his mother in appreciation of his skill and courage and his loyal service to the Exposition. Flying Pioneer Lincoln Beachey was undoubtedly the greatest and most extraordinary exhibition aviator of his era. Several may have approached his skill and daring but certainly no one ever equalled it. As a showman in the air he was unsurpassed [[strikethrough]] had no equal anywhere. Even though he [[/strikethrough]] had difficulty learning to fly an airplane but when [[strikethrough]] it came to him [[/strikethrough]] he did develop the necessary coordination he acquired [[strikethrough]] had [[/strikethrough]] something no one could match. [[strikethrough]] All [[/strikethrough]] Those who say him fly will never forget his mastery in the air; it was something apart from all others. Few men [[strikethrough]] indeed [[/strikethrough]] ever contributed more in presenting the airplane [[strikethrough]] aeroplane [[/strikethrough]] and flying to so many people during that early period of its doubtful acceptance. An extremely active pilot, one could not possibly record the full extend of his exhibition engagements, but it is known that he flew at almost every community in the entire country during his flying career. The memory of his name and remarkable flying ability will always remain bright in the pages of early American aviation history. 2-9-68 12
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