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in northwestern Pennsylvania, in Ohio, and New York during the summer season. The dates included Clarion, Conneaut Lake, Meadville, Brookville, DuBois and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; Liverpool, Lorain, Uhrichsville, Warren, Bellevue, Fort Recover and Ontario, Ohio; and Courtland, New York. On July 14th he was the first aviator to fly over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the first to carry authorized mail at Fort Recovery, Ohio. Sandt flew in a small air meet in Pittsburgh September 2nd to 7th, where Lincoln Beachey and Paul Peck were also flying. He flew daily and greatly pleased the crowds. One day he flew in such a bad rainstorm that at times his plane was not visible from the ground. That summer he also flew from Brookville to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 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, Sandt 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 this venture was not successful. Following this he resumed flying exhibitions for the summer, and on June 12th had a serious accident at Grove City, Pennsylvania. In attempting a forced landing after his engine quite over the town; as he came in by a building, the wing tip of his plane hit the edge the roof which resulted in a bad smashup. 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, Pennsylvania, at age 25. He was buried in the 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, his determination and courage rightfully belong in the history of American aviation.
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