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Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas, where Matilda Moisant and Andre Houpert joined him. In April Kantner flew at Opelousas, Louisiana, at an Elks' convention. He remained in the southwest and western states flying exhibitions until late August when he returned to Long Island. There, on September 7th, he flew the usual all-metal monoplane designed and built by John B. Moisant before his death. In the fall of 1912 the Moisant Company arranged to make a series of test and demonstration flights before United States Army officers at College Park, Maryland, and Kantner was sent there on October 5th to supervise and conduct these tests. Moisant aviatrix, Bernatta Miller, was also flying there occasionally during this activity. On October 16th Kantner made a 30-minute flight over Washington, D. C. He remained there until late October, when he left for the South to fly exhibitions in Georgia. During the winter months of 1912-1913 Kantner designed and built a new Moisant Military Scout plane for military use. The plane could be taken apart in four minutes and reassembled in eight minutes, making it ideal for military and exhibition use. It was superbly built and proved successful from the start. Throughout July Kantner was conducting daily flight tests and demonstrations of this plane before foreign representatives. It became known as the Kantner-Moisant Bluebird. About this time Kantner went abroad as the American pilot in the Gordon Bennett International Race to be held in France. He was selected by Norman Prince who was the head of an American syndicate to sponsor an entry in the race that year. At the last moment Prince changed his mind and named Charles Weymann. After the event Kantner took the opportunity to tour the French aircraft and engine plants before returning home. While Kantner was in Europe, Moisant aviator C. M. Wood established a new American nonstop distance record with the Kantner-Moisant Blueblird on August 8th when he flew from Garden City, Long Island, to Gaithersburg, Maryland, 277 miles, in five hours. He was enroute to Ft. Myer, Virginia for military demonstration but was forced 2
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