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over Boston, dropping quantities of handbills for the [[strikethrough]] BOSTON JOURNAL [[/strikethrough]] Boston Journal. Shortly [[?]] thereafter he packed up and moved back to Nassau Boulevard, New York, where he made his headquarters during July. There Curtiss made a deal with Ovington to also fly a Curtiss machine and he started practicing on a biplane. [[strikethrough]] at that time [[/strikethrough]] He flew actively into early August and frequently carried a passenger. On August 6th Ovington and his crew left New York for the Chicago Meet, taking his Bleriot monoplane and a 60 hp., [[strikethrough]] H.P. [[/strikethrough]] Curtiss biplane. At this time several of his earlier electrical inventions had become financially [[strikethrough]] successful [[/strikethrough]] profitable. As a competitor at Chicago he made a great showing against the top aviators of the world. There Ovington and Sopwith engaged in daily rivalry in the monoplane events, with Ovington usually the winner. He entered some events with the Curtiss biplane, but preferred his Bleriot. From Chicago he shipped both machines to Boston for the Harvard-Boston Meet, held August 26th to September 4th, where he specialized in the speed events. On September 2d he flew in the Boston Light Race, and on September 4th won the [[strikethrough]] BOSTON GLOBE [[/strikethrough]] Boston Globe 10,000 Tri-State race by flying from Boston to Nashua, New Hampshire, Worcester, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and back to Boston. The total distance was 186 miles and total flying time was [[strikethrough]] 3 [[/strikethrough]] three hours and [[strikethrough]]6[[/strikethrough]] six minutes. He made landings at all three towns and at Providence, was greeted by the Governor of Rhode Island and Mayor of Providence. In this race he earned $11,780 and expenses. From Boston, Ovington [[strikethrough]] was [[/strikethrough]] flew at the Nassau Boulevard Meet on Long Island, New York, from September 23rd to October 5th. There he made history as America's first officially appointed aerial postman. After being [[strikethrough]] officially [[/strikethrough]] so appointed by Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock on September 23rd, he carried mail from Nassau to Mineola daily for nine days. A special postal station was provided at the Meet where mail could be posted, then [[strikethrough]] daily [[/strikethrough]] it was flown by Ovington to a prescribed point over the Mineola Post Office where it was dropped for collection. After this event Ovington had a contract with flight promoter William Pickens to enter the Hearst Transcontinental Race, and a special Queen-Bleriot monoplane, with an Indian 7-cylinder 50 hp., [[strikethrough]] H.P. [[/strikethrough]] rotary engine, was built for this event. This engine is new in the National Air & Space Museum collection. The machine was troublesome on test so Ovington announced that he was going to quit flying and take a rest. This ended his flying until later when he reentered avi- 3
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