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Dubuque, Iowa. On the 20th he flew from Dubuque to Bellevue and Clinton, Iowa where he refuled and then on to Rock Island, Illinois. There he discontinued the flight owing to the lateness of the season which limited public interest, and lack of funds, as various towns had not subscribed to the flight as had been promised. He had made history however, the world's longest over-water flight, carried mail a greater distance than ever before and covered 314 miles in three days.

In November Robinson and Eugene Godet flew seven days for the Houston, Texas Carnival Association, and in early December Robinson was at Hammondsport testing some new Hydros which had been built for Russia. About this time the celebrated French pilot, Louis Paulhan, arrived in Hammondsport to arrange for a French agency for Curtiss planes. Robinson gave many remarkable demonstrations of the Hydro which resulted in a decision that he should go to France to make flights for Paulhan before French Military Authorities. 

As a result Robinson, Curtiss New York business representative Jerome Fanciulli and mechanic W. J. Shackleford sailed for Europe January 6, 1912 with two Curtiss Hydros, one for Paulhan and the other assigned to the Russian Aerial League at Sebastopol, Russia. Robinson started flying at Juan les Pius near Nice, France on February 6th, the first introduction of Curtiss marine craft in Europe. On the 8th he flew over a French battleship squadron in the Gulf of Juan and dropped a message on the flagship inviting the Admiral to lunch, which was accepted. On February 9th he flew, carrying Paulhan as a passenger, on demonstration flights before French military officers. On the 10th he attended a banquet in his honor at the Casino Juan les Pins after which he was scheduled to give an exhibition. While the banquet was in progress a high wind came up which caused very rough water. Robinson decided it was a good opportunity to demonstrate what could be done with a Hydro, he took off easily and put on his show. As he was preparing to land several boats were directly in line with his landing pattern and in swerving to avoid then a bad breaker hit him from behind and he turned turtle. He was thrown clear, uninjured, picked up safely and his machine was 

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