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bitions [[strikethrough]] and [[/strikethrough]] Burnside took over as instructor at the school when Johnson was away. The new plane proved very efficient and Johnson [[strikethrough]] had [[/strikethrough]] at times took [[strikethrough]] taken [[/strikethrough]] up three passengers. One of his first exhibition dates of the 1912 season was at Middleboro, Kentucky, May 24th to 26th; he then flew at Geneva, New York, on July 30th; at Walden, New York, August 7th for the Wallkill Valley Farmers Assocation; and at Kingston, New York, August 13th and 14th at a Grangers Field Day. The next data was at the Lonticello, New York County Fair, August 28th - 30th. [[strikethrough]] at a County Fair [[/strikethrough]] He also flew for the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore, Maryland, that summer. About this time the company brought out their first tractor biplane with fuselage, and Johnson assisted with the development and tests of this plane. September 4[[strikethrough]] th [[/strikethrough]], 1912 he was back at Kingston, New York, where [[strikethrough]] that day [[/strikethrough]] he flew for his F.A.I. pilot License, No. 164, on a Kirkham powered Thomas [[?]]. He then flew at the New York State Fair, Syracuse, New York, for one week beginning September 9th. Also flying there were: Beckwith Havens, Charles Wiles, and William Hemstrought. Johnson made a wonderful showing there, winning first place in races on two days, and was first in a bomb-dropping contest. That month he also flew at the Herkimer County Fair at Herkimer, New York, then [[strikethrough]] exhibition [[/strikethrough]] at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, on October 12th and 13th before huge crowds. While there, he also carried authorized mail. On October 31 [[strikethrough]] st [[/strikethrough]], 1912, Johnson established a new American endurance record with a passenger, of three hours, fifty-one minutes at Bath, New York, flying a 6 [[?]] 65 Thomas biplane. The previous record had been made August 19 [[strikethrough]] th [[/strikethrough]], 1911, by George Beatty during the Chicago meet. Johnson carried Arthur Blasiar, who was a mechanic and student at the Thomas School, as his passenger. Neither man dressed in warm clothing for the flight and both suffered from the cold. That fall the Thomas Brother Aeroplane Company of Bath, New York, was incorporated to manufacture planes, by W.T. Thomas, Oliver W. Thomas, Cummings M. Cox and Walter E. Johnson. In a few months Johnson had taught himself to 4
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