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power for good flying, 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 well during 1912. Through January and February, 1913 Blakely and Harvey Crawford had a friendly flying rivalry in operation at Sunset Field and Blakely became quite a stunt man, and usually had everyone on their feet when he was in the air. In late February a propeller burst in flight on his plane but he made a safe landing. Flying continued at Sunset Field, then 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 60 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, Manitoba, Canada and attained an altitude of 5,500 feet. On September 15th he was at Pilot Mound, Manitoba, Canada, 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 23d, 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 rescued by a tug boat. April 21st and 22d 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 mid-summer of 1915 when 2
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