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at the New York State Fair at at Syracuse on September 12th, then at Allentown, Pennsylvania, September 20th to 24th with Curtiss. October 1st to 9th McCurdy flew at the Hawthorne Race Track, Chicago, [[strikethrough]] Illinois [[/strikethrough]] with Curtiss, Ely, Willard, and Augustus Post in a meet sponsored by the Chicago [[strikethrough]] CHICAGO [[/strikethrough]] Post. He was next a contestant at the Belmont Park [[strikethrough]]M[[/strikethrough]] meet on Long Island [[strikethrough]] in New York [[strikethrough]] October 22nd to 30th and while there became a member of the Aero Club of America. [[strikethrough]] on the 27th. [[/strikethrough]] McCurdy then started working southward for the winter and flew at Raleigh, North Carolina, November 16th and 17th; Mobile, Alabama, November 21st to 27th; and Jackson, Mississippi, November 28th and 29th. New Orleans, Louisiana, was the next stop December 1st and 2nd with Ely, Ward and [[strikethrough]] I. [[/strikethrough]] Post, then he was at Columbia, South Carolina, December 7th and 8th with Ward. December 15th to 18th he flew at Atlanta, Georgia, with Ely and Ward, then on the 21st he was at Dillon, South Carolina, and the 23rd at Norfolk, Virgina, where he flew over the city. January 3rd to 6th, 1911, McCurdy was at Charleston, South Carolina, with Ward, then the 14th and 15th they flew at Shreveport, Louisiana. While at Ormond Beach and Palm Beach, Florida, McCurdy became interested in trying to fly from Key West to Havana, Cuba. At Key West the Navy agreed to help and he made a quick trip to Havana by boat to look over the possibilities. As a result McCurdy attampted the flight on January 30th with four Navy torpedo boats stationed along the route to guide him. Two locally made pontoons had been attached to his plane as a safeguard in case he was forced down on the water. These served him well, as it was necessary to alight [[strikethrough]] land [[/strikethrough]] on the water when a leaking oil tank caused burned-out engine bearings as he approached the Cuban coast. The U.S.S. Terry quickly took McCurdy and his plane on board, then went to the docks in Havana where an excited crowd gave [[strikethrough]] smothered [[/strikethrough]] him [[strikethrough]] with [[/strikethrough]] an affectionate welcome. Even though he failed to quite finish his flight he had set two new records - the longest in distance and the world's longest overwater flight of about 90 miles in one [[strikethrough]] 1 [[/strikethrough]] hour and fifty-nine minutes. [[strikethrough]] 59 [[/strikethrough]] It was also the first time a man had flown over water out of sight of land in any direction on a clear day. At Havana an air meet was in progress and McCurdy joined Beachey, Ward and Russell until February 5th. There he flew at Camp Colombia and over Morrow Castle. -6-
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