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where his parents again visited him to witness his flying. He then went on to Iowa and made flights at several places during September. October 2nd and 3rd he flew at Durango, Colorado, then on October 16th and 17th at Pueblo. From there he exhibited at City Park in Denver October 30th through November 2nd. Following this Heth flew at Cheyenne, Wyoming, for three days. Over the winter months of 1914-1915, with William Berger as his manager, he flew exhibition engagements throughout the South with Howard Rinehart. 

In early March, 1915, Heth and Berger left for Monterey, Mexico, where Berger had contracted to deliver some planes and supply pilots for Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit. Heth, Reinhart and Farnum Fish were to do the flying. They started operations there that month using three Wright planes, two Model B's and one HS fuselage type. There Heth had many a hair-raising experience, being shot at in the air by both forces. He remained in Mexico for five weeks, then decided he had had enough of Berger's operations with Villa, and returned to the States for more enjoyable and less risky flying. He flew exhibitions at several places in Colorado, the Middle West, then returned to Birmingham, Michigan, for the winter. In May, 1916, he started another tour of the Middle West and was in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa until late in September to end the season. 

When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, Heth responded to the call for aviators, becoming a senior civilian flying instructor on May 14th, and served at Rantoul, Park, and Ashbourne U. S. Army Flying Fields. He was released from government duty on December 18, 1918, being listed as "one of the very best" instructors in the service. After the war Heth did some barnstorming and made his last flight as a pilot in 1920 when he ferried a plane from Cotton Plant, Arkansas, to Memphis, Tennessee. All told, Heth spent about nine years in early exhibition flying, government instruction service and barnstorming. He was never licensed and never had a serious accident, a most remarkable pioneer flying record.
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