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power [[strikethrough]] for good flying [[/strikethrough]] so a 50 h.p. 4-cylinder Maximotor was substituted. This engine caused them a lot of trouble so in late September they installed a 4-cylinder Curtiss motor. In spite of several smashups, Blakely succeeded in flying [[strikethrough]] well [[/strikethrough]] successfully during 1912.

Through January and February, 1913 Blakely and Harvey Crawford had a friendly flying rivalry in operation at Sunset Field. [[strikethrough]] and [[/strikethrough]] Blakely became quite a stunt man, and usually had [[strikethrough]] everyone on their [[/strikethrough]] the crowd on its feet when he was in the air. In late February a propeller [[strikethrough]] burst in [[/strikethrough]] came apart during flight [[strikethrough]] on his plane [[/strikethrough]] but he made a safe landing. [[strikethrough]] Flying [[/strikethrough]] He continued flying at Sunset Field, then on April 19th and 20th he was a contestant at the Sacramento, California, aviation meet. Also flying there were Roy Francis, Tom Gunn, Thad Kerns and Silas Christofferson. Blakely used a new Hall-Scott 50 h.p. engine and made a very good showing.

On June 7th he had a bad smashup at Redding, California, but was not injured. On July 17th he flew at the Great Dominion Fair at Brandon in Manitoba, Canada, and attained an altitude of 5,500 feet. On September 15th he [[strikethrough]] was [[/strikethrough]] flew at Pilot Mound, Manitoba, [[strikethrough]] Canada [[/strikethrough]] then flew to Brandon where he had a date for the next day. Starting September 23rd he returned to San Francisco for the winter and entered the aviation events in connection with the Panama-Pacific Exposition. All the Bay area aviators staged flying tournaments every Sunday afternoon and races were held around Alcatraz Island and through the Golden Gate.

On February 23rd, 1914, Blakely flew 78 miles from Sunset Field to Cloverdale, California. Returning on the 26th he had a ducking in San Francisco Bay but stayed with the floating plane until he was rescued by a tug boat. April 21st and 22nd he was a contestant in a race from San Francisco to Bakersfield, California. On that flight he became lost above clouds and found it necessary to make a landing to get his bearings. As a result he came in second. During most of Blakely's western exhibition and contest flying he was still in partnership with Cato, who also did considerable flying and assisted with mechanical work.

Later that year, Blakely became associated with Captain Thomas Baldwin and went east to fly Baldwin "Red Devil" planes. He remained with Baldwin at his flying field and shop on Staten Island, New York, until midsummer of 1915, when 


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