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314 OTTO W. TIMM Pioneer Plane Builder - Exhibition Pilot - Instructor - Manufacturer ✓ Otto W. Timm was born in Lakefield, Minnesota, October 28, 1893. He attended local schools and Windom, Minnesota, High School. Mechanically included he was interested in automobiles and became quite an expert with engines. He rebuilt and raced cars at local community fairs, but in 1908 and 1909 his interest turned to aviation. Later he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where in 1910 at age 17 he started to build a copy of the Santos Dumont "Demoiselle" monoplane. When Timm was unable to find a suitable engine for his plane, at a price he could afford, he gave up this nearly completed project. At that time he was driving a United States Mail car. An uncle then decided to help Timm financially, even though he had formerly tried to discourage him in his effort to build and fly airplanes. In 1911 Timm heard about the extensive aviation activities going on at Cicero Field in Chicago and decided to go there so he could meet experienced aviators and mechanics and learn more about airplane building and flying. He rented a room near the field and spent all of his time at the hangars, where he soon became acquainted with Max Lillie, DeLloyd Thompson, Katherine Stinson, Otto Brodie, Lincoln Beachey, Harry Crewdson, Frank Champion and others who frequented the field. A number of planes of varying kinds and descriptions were under construction, the majority of which did not fly, but Brodie's Farman, Lillie's Wrights, and National Aeroplane Company's two Nieuport monoplanes and some Curtiss-type pusher biplanes were being actively flown. Timm definitely wanted to start building another plane and was trying to decide which type he wanted to make when he became acquainted with a fellow who said he had most of the material to build a Curtiss-type pusher biplane at his home in Cory, Pennsylvania, but lacked the resources to finish it and get a motor. He had taken a few lessons on a Wright biplane and said he would
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