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While flying an exhibition engagement at Jacksonville, Florida on February 12th, 1912, Kantner and Max Lillie flew out to meet Robert Fowler as he completed his historical first west to east flight across the continent [crossed out] from [crossed out]. After meeting Fowler they escored him to the field where their Exhibitions were being held. March 4th-9th Kantner flew at an air meet at Montgomery, Alabama, along with Oscar Brindley, Eugene Meth, Louis Mitchell, Paul Peck and Fred Schneider. There Kantner met with an accident when he was forced to land outside the enclosure to avoid crowds surging onto the field. He went over an embankment and smashed up but was not injured. Following the meet Kantner flew at Donaldsville, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas, where Matilda Moisant and Andre Houpert joined him. In April Kantner flew at Opelousas, Lousiana, at an Elks' Convenetion. 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 unusual 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 exhbitions 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 exhbition 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 
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