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not injured. In November he did some test flying on a new P-L-V tractor at Cicero, built by Messrs. Pontowski and Lichorsik and designed by Chance Vought. It was a two-seater biplane with staggered and raked wings and had a 60 [[strikethrough]] H.P. [[/strikethrough]] h.p. 6-cylinder Sturtevant engine. He continued to give the Pallissard group instructions on their school machine through the winter months, weather permitting, and into spring of 1915. In July 1915, Kastory was also flying the P-L-V tractor, and that month flew [[strikethrough]] in exhibition date [[/strikethrough]] for two das in South Dakota. Later in July he made the first test[[strikethrough]]s[[/strikethrough]] flights on a new [[strikethrough]] loop- [[/strikethrough]] tractor especially built for Katherine Stinson, using the same 80 [[strikethrough]] H.P. [[/strikethrough]] h.p. Gnome rotary engine Lincoln Beachey had used at San Francisco. Kastory remained active throughout the fall of 1915 and then went to Anderson, Indiana, where he was engaged by the Frazer Stove Works to rebuil[[strikethrough]]t[[/strikethrough]]d and correct the faults in a plane [[strikethrough]] which [[/strikethrough]] they had made but which would not fly. After making some changes it was flown to Indianapolis where he demonstrated it to the Indiana National Guard.
During the late fall of 1915 Cicero was abandoned as a flying field and all Chicago flying activities were moved to the newly formed Ashbourne Field for the spring of 1916. Kastory was busy there that season and did a considerable amount of exhibition flying during the year, in addition to some instructing for the Pallissard school. During the winter months, while Kastory was around Chicago, he was engaged by the Western Electric Company as a tool and die maker. He remained in aviation activities until 1918, when he gave up flying and went into the automobile business. In 1930 Kastory sold out his interests and moved to Florida where he went into the citrus fruit industry until retirement in 1959, when he made his home in Bradenton, FLorida.
Mr. Kastory passed away at Minatara, near Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, on November 18, 1966, of pneumonia. Burial was in Concord Lutheran Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
An active Early Bird, he was known as the "Hungarian Flyer" during his early work. A competent and accurate mechanic, a very skilled and careful pilot and instructor, he loved to fly. During his career he flew exhibitions in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, North and South Dakota, Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland. He had few accidents, was never seriously injured, and [[strikethrough]] is [[/strikethrough]] was one of the [[strikethrough]] truly [[/strikethrough]] most successful pioneers of aviation.
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