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came to, he started to walk ashore. Hours passed and the whole town of Erie became alerted. A call was made to the Canadian lighthouse and they reported Sandt had left there on the return flight. Tensions mounted, searching parties set out and as night came on strong lights were set up to guide him, but he failed to appear. Meanwhile, during the night Sandt finally reached an isolated farmhouse on the shore near Mooreheadville, Pa., east of Erie. The farmer had a railroad dispatcher nearby wire Erie that Sandt was safe and at his house. Sandt's brother Walter drove to the farmhouse at once and brought him back to the Erie Hospital. In the smash up he had been injured somewhat, but not seriously. Sandt said that when he came to following the crash, no part of his plane was in sight, so search parties set out to try to locate it, but it's never found. What became of it remained an unsolved mystery. His was the FIRST crossing of eastern end of Lake Erie. This left Sandt without an aeroplane, and in debt for the first one, because as yet he had had little opportunity to earn much with it. After learning of his plight, the townspeople of both Erie and Brookville came to his aid in the Spring of 1912, and raised enough by public subscription to relieve his troubles, and buy a new aeroplane. Sandt then formed the Aero Exhibition Co., Erie, Pa., and started booking engagements for the 1912 season. In March, 1912, Sandt made tentative plans for a flight from Erie to Toronto, Canada, by way of Buffalo, but later gave up the idea. He was flying exhibitions actively in northwestern Pennsylvania, but later gave up the idea. The dates included Clarion, Conneaut Lake, Meadville, Brookville, Dubois, and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; Liverpool, Lorain, Uhrichsville, Warren, Bellevue, Fort Recovery and Ontario, Ohio; and Courtland, New York. He was the first aviator to fly over Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 14th, and the first to carry authorized mail at Fort Recovery, Ohio. Sandt flew in a small Air Meet in Pittsburgh September2-7, 1912. Lincoln Beachey and Paul Peck were also there, and he flew every day, greatly pleasing the crowds. One day he flew in such a bad rainstorm his plane was not visible from the ground at times. That Summer he also flew from Brookville to Punxsutawney, Pa., a distance of 20 miles, in probably the first cross country flight ever made in that section of the State. In the Fall he returned to Brookville and started building a new plane in accordance with his personal ideas. In March, 1913, he was flying in Erie, carrying passengers off the ice in the frozen bay. During the Spring he made a Flying Boat hull for his plane and carried on some experiments on the bay at Erie, but his venture was not successful. Following this, he resumed exhibition work for the Summer, and on June 12, 1913, had a serious accident at Grove City, Pa. In attempting a forced landing after his engine quit over town, the wing tip hit the edge of a roof as he came in by a building, which resulted in a bad smash-up. He had a badly injured leg, but otherwise was not considered in danger until lockjaw set in, causing his death on June 21st, at Brookville, Pa., at age 25. He was buried in Brookville Cemetery. Earle Sandt was one of the very first of the few early aviators of Pennsylvania, who, in his youthful enthusiasm, was determined to experience the new thrill of flying, and rightfully deserves full credit and proper recording in the history of those early flying pioneers who gave their lives during the period of its initial development. Mechanic, builder and pilot, determination and courage rightfully belong in the history of American aviation.
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