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in a Bleriot at Mineola, and rapidly becoming one of the Long Island aviation fraternity. The renowned Captain Thomas Baldwin complimented him on his rapid progress. Haupt soon decided to buy his own plane and go into the exhibition business. Accordingly he placed an order with Fred Hild, of the American Aeroplane Supply House of Garden City, for a single-seater Bleriot monoplane copy, with a 4-cylinder, 50 h.p. Roberts engine. This order started Hild in the airplane construction business, as up until that time his firm was merely a supply house, specializing in Bleriot parts and materials. Reportedly this plane was made from measurements taken from Earl Ovington's new Bleriot which he had brought to the United States only a few weeks previously. Haupt's new plane was completed in June, 1911, and he made his first twelve minute test flight with it at Mineola, Long Island, on June 30th. The flight was entirely successful and was quickly followed by two more flights. Haupt flew his plane again in the following day and was so pleased with it that he shipped it to Altoona, Pennsylvania, at once for an exhibition there. Henry Neely, an Aero Club friend, was his exhibition manager. After filling the Altoona engagement Haupt flew at Alcyum Park near Philadelphia. During the week of July 17th he flew at Cape May, New Jersey. On July 28th Haupt was back at Mineola to conduct the initial flight tests of a two-seater for Hild. This plane was built for J. Albert Brackett of Boston, and was to be flown by his chauffeur, George McNarra. After the first flight Haupt took up a passenger, made additional flights the following day and took McNarra for his first aerial trip. This plane was also Roberts-powered and was the first two-seater Bleriot made in the United States. Haupt remained as test pilot for the American Aeroplane Supply House for a time and flight tested planes for A.V. Rayburn of St. Louis, Missouri, and A.C. Menges of Memphis, Tennessee. About this time Haupt considered making a flight over New York City, but apparently this idea was later abandoned.
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