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[[stamped]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[/stamped]] bition engagements and insisted that Carter make a determined effort to make a flight if at all possible. The control of this plane differed widely from the Wright system with which Carter was accustomed and the field was short in length, very narrow in width with telephone wires at one end and a fully grown corn field at the other. In addition, there was a nasty cross wind blowing that morning, but Carter was determined to get the plane in the air. After several attempts he succeeded in bouncing it off, and in trying to hold it in the air in a semi-stalled condition one wing dropped and caught in the grass, careening the plane around and resulting in a bad smashup, but fortunately he was not injured. After surveying the wreckage it was decided to salvage the engine and install it in the Curtiss biplane. Carter also had trouble in attempting to fly this plane, and as a result decided to leave the company. Carter's next interest in flying took him to Sandusky, Ohio to visit the Benoist Company in early 1917. The firm had moved there from St. Louis, Missouri the year before, and while there Tom Benoist offered Carter a deal to buy one-half interest in one of their flying Boats to start a passenger carrying and flying school business. After some consideration Carter accepted the offer and made arrangements to get the business started. The machine was a standard side-by-side flying boat with a Roberts 6-cyl. 100 H.P. engine. About a dozen students were soon enrolled and Benoist employed an experienced pilot to fly the boat until Carter could get some practice on it. Immediately there was trouble with the engine overheating and burning out bearings which greatly retarded their progress. They were unable to get the engine troubles corrected, and since it was more important to train paid students than to get in flying time, Carter never did learn to fly it. Still plagued with troubles, Carter later had an opportunity to sell his interest in the boat and he then bought a half interest in a newer, later model, but 2
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