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organized in partnership with Eugene Heth of Birmingham, Michigan, a well-known automobile man and engine expert.  Reportedly, Mitchell's first idea was to employ aviators to do the flying and he would manage the business.
 ¶ In May, 1911, he purchased a new Burgess-Wright Model F [[Strikethrough]]aeroplane[[/Strikethrough]]airplane from the Burgess Company. and Curtis of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and on  May 17th he was in Marblehead to witness test flights of his new machine.  These flights were made by Mr. Burgess himself,   While there Mitchell made arrangements for the training of two men at the Burgess Flying School which was to open about May 30th.  Accordingly  Eugene Heth and John E. Meyers were sent to Marblehead to take flight instruction.  Heth went to become a famous aviator but Meyers apparently quit during instruction. Mitchell finally succeeded in [[Strikethrough]]being accepted[[/Strikethrough]] gaining acceptance at the Wright School, Dayton, Ohio, and started taking instruction there about the middle of July, 1911.  HIs instructor was Cliff Turpin, and on August 8, 1911, he flew for his license, No. 57, on a school Wright [[symbol]] plane at Simms Station. While Mitchell was at Dayton he purchased a Wright Model “B” plane which he later [[strikethrough]]used [[/strikethrough]]flew in exhibition work. [[strikethrough]] himself [[/ strikethrough]] As a graduate of only a few days he entered and attended the famed Chicago Air Meet at Grand Park August 12-  20, 1911, but advisedly did not do much flying due to the congestion of the event and his inexperience.

On September 1st Mitchell and Eugene Heth made their  first public exhibition flights at Memphis for the hometown people. Oscar Brindley joined them for that event. The occasion was so well [[strikethrough]] received [[/ strikethrough]] attended that they all flew there again on September 15th. They continued to make flights there through November, occasionally carrying passengers. Following this, Mitchell and Heth flew at Tupelo, Mississippi December 5t, 6th and 7th; West Point, Miss [[note]]December 8 and 9; Canton Miss [[note]], December 12th and 13th; and, Yazoo City December 15th and 16th.

Starting February 25th, 1912, Mitchell and Heth flew at New Orleans La [[note]] then [[strikethrough]] to [[/ strikethrough]]at Baton Rouge February 28th and 29. Following this they exhibited at Montgomery Alabama March 4th-9th at a small meet. Also flying there were Brindley, Harold Kanter, Fred Schneider and Paul Peck, who circled the old Capitol Building of the Confederacy. April 15-20 Mitchell and Heth flew at Birmingham, Ala [[note]]. July 4th-7th they exhibited at a small local air meet  at Lexington, Ky [note] along with Oscar Brindley, Leonard Bonney and Paul Peck. While at that meet, J.H. Worden of the Mosiant Company delivered and demonstrated to Mitchell a Mosiant Monoplane with a Gnome engine. On August 7th Mitchell and Heth flew at Berrien Springs, Mich. [[note]]; August 11th and 12th at 

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"school Wright[[symbol]]" symbol is editorial symbol to reverse words but left in order on the page. [[note]] sp out. 2 at the bottom right corner