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mother secured for him a pass to see the Wright plane, as well as a letter of introduction to Mr. Wright. 

In 1910 Loening edited two noteworthy articles for AERONAUTICS Magazine, "Brief Descriptions of All Types of Successful Aeroplanes" with 3-view sketches, and "The Comparison of Successful Types of Aeroplanes". His thesis for his Master of Arts degree in Aeronautics (the first in the United States) at Columbia that year was a technical study of aerodynamics of the day and aeroplane construction titled: "Monoplanes and Biplanes - An Investigation of the Practice and Theory of Aviation". It turned out to be an extensive work which was soon put into book form by Munn & Company, Publishers. The book sold well and became a standard text for some time. He finally graduated from Columbia University in 1911 with the degree of Civil Engineer. 

Loening attended the 1911 Nassau Boulevard meet in New York, held September 24th to 30th, and had his first plane ride with Captain Paul Beck in an army Curtiss pusher biplane. He joined the Aero Club of America on October 18, 1911 and about that time became employed as an engineer by the Queen Aeroplane Company of New York who were building Bleriot-copy monoplanes. There, early in 1912, he engineered and built his first monoplane flying boat. Called the "Queen Aeroboat", it used a Bleriot wing mounted on a boat hull. A pusher propeller was driven by chain from a 50 H.P. Gnome engine in the hull. 

Loening started first tests of this machine from the grounds of the Electric Launch Company at Bayonne, New Jersey on March 29th, 1912 and soon succeeded in making brief flights. On April 20th the motor quit and in setting down he hit a log and badly damaged the hull. Repairs were made and the Aeroboat was put on display at the New York Aero Show in Grand Central Palace from May 9th to 19th, then later taken to Seidlers Beach near Rumson, New Jersey for further tests. There on July 4th he made an extended flight of 37 minutes with the air boat. Loening then abandoned the chain drive propeller and mover the engine up into the position for direct drive. Through October he made numerous flights around South Amboy, Seagate, Staten Island and neighboring points. During this time he 

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