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control. He was awarded a prize. At that time the brothers planned to install a converted Ford Model "T" automobile in this plane. During this period Jack Cannon was regularly employed in gas engineering and was rapidly becoming quite an authority in that field. Cannon did install the Ford automobile engine in his plane and succeeded in flying well with it. He entered the amateur events at the second Los Angeles Aviation Meet at Dominguez Field, held December 24, 1910, to January 2, 1911. This was a large international affair with several of the world's leading aviators competing. On the Curtiss Team were Curtiss, Willard, Beachey and Ely. The Wright team was composed of Brookins, Hoxsey, and Parmelee. James Radley was there from Great Britain and Hubert Latham from France. Those in the novice classs were Cannon, Roehrig, Stites, Hillery Beachey, Martin, Cooke, Robinson, Day and Slavin. At this great event Cannon did some very good flying with his Ford-powered homemade plane, and after the show was judged one of the best amatuers in the Los Angeles area. Following the meet Cannon announced that he and his brother were working on a monoplane somewhat like the British Hanriot, and planned to use their Ford engine to drive a large geared-down propeller by chain and sprockets. Apparently early that spring Cannon became associated with the Eaton brothers, who were building planes and had organized a flying school. In May, 1911, announcement was made that Jack Cannon was the flying instructor for Eaton Brothers at their field at Hyde Park, Los Angeles. About this time the Cannon brothers completed their monoplane and took it to the Eaton field where the school was training a class of students for tests. On July 4th the Eatons contracted to give exhibition flights at Santa Barbara, California. Cannon and a student, Dwight Fauling, were sent there to put on the show. Cannon flew, but Fauling was hurt when he ran into a fence. 2
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