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season. He flew and looped this new plane at Atlantic Beach, Fla. on March 29th, 1915 and was at Oak City, Illinois April 22nd. He flew over the Continental Divide at Butte, Mont. July 16th, reaching altitudes well over 10,000 feet. He had a very active exhibition season that year and was at the Missouri State Fair for one week at St. Louis early in October. In the spring of 1916 Thompson was employed by the Sloane Aeroplane Co. at Garden City, Long Island, as a test pilot, flying military-type Hall-Scott [[strikethrough]] motored [[/strikethrough]] engined tractor planes for his [[strikethrough]] old [[/strikethrough]] friend Charles Day, who was Chief Engineer there. In mid-April he flew at Washington, D.C. for the company, and late in April made a new passenger altitude record of 13,950 feet at Garden City in one of the new Sloane-Day planes. Following this Thompson set a new American speed record, with passenger, of one mile in 33 seconds, at Garden City in a Sloane military tractor. On May 4th he had his first serious accident there, flying as a passenger with Lt. Harold Bleakley of the New York National Guard. The plane stalled on take-off and spun in from a low altitude and Thompson suffered a compound fractured ankle in two places. As a result he was laid up for [[strikethrough]] some time [[/strikethrough]] about two months. About mid-summer, 1916 Thompson started flying at major [[strikethrough]] large [[/strikethrough]] U.S. cities, "bombing" with pyrotechnics at night to show his trail through the sky, [[strikethrough]] in behalf of national defense. He became [[/strikethrough]] becoming known as the first "HUMAN COMET" to show the need for aerial preparedness. In addition, he also gave daytime exhibitions at Wheeling, W. Va., in late June, and raced the then-well-known lady auto-race driver, Elfrieda Mais, at the Minnesota State Fair September 4th-9th at St. Paul. Following this he was at the Western Michigan State Fair at Grand Rapids from September 18th to 22nd, the Montana State Fair at Helena September 25th to 30th, [[strikethrough]] and [[/strikethrough]] the Peoria, Illinois Fair one week stating October 4th, and [[strikethrough]] from there went to [[/strikethrough]] was at the State Fair, [[strikethrough]] at [[/strikethrough]] St. Louis, Mo., for one week late in October. He flew a few exhibitions in the spring of 1917, and after deciding to give up flying flew his last public appearance at Arden Downs near his home town of Washington, Pa. Thompson then entered into the coal business and for a time operated a mine in western Pennsylvania, after which he joined a construction company. In 1937
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