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exhibition tour of the United States, Mexico and Cuba, probably a record for that early period. June 29th to July 4th they flew at Detroit, Michigan. About this time Frisbie [[/strikethrough]] seemed to be on his own and [[/strikethrough]] was apparently flying alone. He filled more engagements in the middle west, then returned to Mineola, New York to overhaul his plane. On August 6th he left New York for the Chicago Meet at Grant Park, held August 12th to 20th. This was a large event with famous aviators of the world competing. There Frisbie used his Gnome-motored Curtiss and really made a good showing in many competitive events. As a result Curtiss signed Frisbie on for exhibition work, and after the Meet was sent to Norton, Kansas for an engagement at the Norton County Fair, held at Elwood Park. August 31st he had a [[strikethrough]] minor smashup causing [[/strikethrough]] hard landing which caused some damage to his plane. The next day, September 1st, following repairs it did not seem to be working right. There was also a bad wind blowing and Frisbie delayed his scheduled flight somewhat, waiting for better conditions. Finally, much against the pleadings of his wife and manager, as well as his own judgement, he took off to satisfy an angry crowd who were threatening him. In his initial climb out of the Park a strong gust of wind suddenly tipped him into a steep bank. Still under control he started to descend, evidently deciding to land in a pasture back of the stables, then another gust of wind caused him to hit the stable roof and he crashed upside down beyond the buildings. Frisbie was thrown from the plane and suffered fatal injuries. He was rushed to a hospital where it was found he had a broken arm, three broken ribs and a skull fracture, from which he dies that evening without regaining consciousness. He was survived by his wife and two children. His remains were shipped to Rochester, New York for burial. Flying Pioneer John J. Frisbie was a very active exhibition pilot who died in his efforts to contribute toward the early history of aviation in the United States. Starting as a balloonist and chute jumper, practically self-taught on a plane he built himself, his name must be well recorded in the list of those first American airmen who took faith and interest in the new science of flying. 3
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