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FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE On October 8th, 1913 Robinson flew from Montreal to Ottawa, Canada, a distance of 116 miles, carrying newspapers to be delivered enroute, making four stops to do so. When he arrived at Ottawa he found the field swarming with people where he was to land, so it was necessary for him to fly around until another landing field could be located. This he was able to do and landed without an accident. He remained in Ottawa briefly to give some exhibitions then flew back to Montreal for exhibitions there. Following this he returned to Cicero, and about November 1st severed his connections with the National Aeroplane Company and left for a visit to the west coast flying fields to have a look at aviation in that section of the country. About December 1st Robinson was back in his home town of Grinnell, Iowa where, in early January, 1914, he and give business associates formed the Grinnell Aeroplane Company to build aeroplanes. He was made Secretary of the new company and work was started at once on a new monoplane, the main feature being that the pilot's range of visibility enabled him to see both above and below the wing in flight. It was powered by a new 100 H.P. 6 cyl. radial-type air-cooled engine designed and built by Robinson. By mid-summer he had this new plane and engine in the air and on September 8th and 9th flew an exhibition date with it during a Home Coming Celebration at Tama, Iowa. He continued test and development work and during the early part of October began to plan a non-stop flight to Cicero Field, Chicago. On October 18th Robinson left Des Moines intending to fly to Chicago, but enroute he became lost in high winds and a severe rain storm which carried him off course to the south and east of Chicago and he finally landed at Kentland, Indiana after 4 hours, 44 minutes in the air, most of which was flown at 7,000 to 9,000 feet altitude. As it turned out he had flow 370 miles, establishing a new American Cross-Country Record. On this flight Robinson carried some special mail and newspapers for delivery at Chicago. The next day he flew from Kentland to Cicero, 81 miles, to complete the trip and deliver his mail. Following this he went to San Diego, California to conduct flying demonstrations of the MACEY automatic stabilizer before Government flying officers at North Island. 3
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