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Early Wright Sportsman Pilot

Marshall E. Reid was from Milton, Pennsylvania, the son of a wealthy tobacco merchant. Later he moved to Philadelphia. 

He started to take flying instructions from George Beatty at Nassau, Long Island, in early March, 1912, and on April 12th obtained Pilot License No. 114 at Hempstead, Long Island, on a Beatty Wright school machine. The next day he ordered a new Wright Model "B" plane for himself. He was in a smash up on May 5th while flying with George Beatty on Staten Island, New York, but both escaped serious injury. 

On June 8th he flew from Staten Island to Philadelphia in his plane, carrying a passenger and making one stop at Trenton, New Jersey. He was then 21 years old. On July 18th he took his sister, Mrs. H. C. Mustin, on an 18 mi flight over the Delaware River at Philadelphia in his Wright, equipped with floats. At that time he was carrying passengers and making extended flights around Philadelphia and vicinity. He carried mail, authorized by the Post Office Department and sponsored by the Aero Club of Pennsylvania, between the Ocean City and Stone Harbor, New Jersey, for eight days beginning August 3rd. He also carried passengers at Ocean City during his stay there through August 17th. His mail carrying, which was inaugurated as an experiment, was judged a complete success. At this time Orton Hoover was his mechanic and accompanied him on his mail carrying trips. Hoover later became a well-known pilot himself. 

On October 11th while carrying Lt. Cdr. H. C. Mustin of the Philadelphia Navy Yard on a flight from Cape Point, New Jersey, to Philadelphia over Delaware Bay, his engine suddenly disintegrated and the airplane caught fire. They were 18 miles from shore and flying at about 100 feet. He drove the plane as steeply as possible for the water and made a crash alighting, damaging the aircraft and splitting the pontoons. They succeeded in getting the fire out, but were forced
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