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and was so enthused over this barnstorming success that he and Weaver started an exhibition tour that included Syracuse and LaGrange, Indiana, then on to Douglas Kansas, where they were flooded out by a cloudburst. The tour them took them to [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] Missouri Valley, Iowa [[crossed out]]s[[/crossed-out]]; Logan, Kansas; Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and other midwestern towns [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] before closing the season.#[[insert space edit mark]]Everywhere the successful flying of this young lad and his small homemade airplane created quite a sensation. Laird was very elated after that summer's flying activities, but decided he would need a larger and heavier plane with more power to stay in the exhibition game. 

During the fall of 1915 Cicero was abandoned as a flying field, and when Laird returned to Chicago from his exhibition tour he assembled his plane at the newly established Ashburn Field and made arragements to fly for his F.A.I. license. This was late in November and he began to experience severe carburetor icing difficulties in flight which repeatedly forced him to land. After several unsuccessful attempts he decided to postpone the tests until the following summer. 

Shortly after this Laird received a letter from Al Hofer who had joined Charles Day at the Sloane Aeroplane Company of Bound Brook, New Jersey. He [[left margin]] tr [[/left margin]] explained that an order had just been received [[reverse edit mark]] from Great Britain for training planes and invited both Laird and Weaver to come east and join the Sloane [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] Company [[reverse edit mark]] as production personnel. The offer was accepted and Laird supervised the design and production of the metal fittings for these planes over the winter months of 1915-1916.

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While at work, however. his thoughts kept drifting to flying and his plans for a new exhibition plane for the 1916 season. He soon learned that the [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] Sloane Company had two used Anzani engines for sale[[reverse edit mark]], one a 3-cylinder of 35 h.p., [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] and the other a 6-cylinder of 45 h.p. He decided the 6-cylinder engine would be ideal for his 1916 plane so he bought it. Knowing that his friend Charles Arens was [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] building a light biplane that winter, similar to him [[crossed-out]] the [[/crossed-out]] Baby Biplane, Laird wired him about the 3-cylinder engine. Arens replied with instructions to buy it for him which resulted in both engines being shipped to Chicago. After the engines left 


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