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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 teach Timm to fly as soon as the plane was completed and flying. Timm had a 3 cylinder fan-type 35 [[strikethrough]] H.P. [[/strikethrough]] h.p., engine so he agreed to furnish it with the propeller, also the remaining materials needed, and help build the plane. As a result they went to Pennsylvania where a small workshop was available, and with almost no equipment to work with they managed to complete the plane in a few months. It was hauled to a field outside of town where Timm's partner first made several taxi runs, then a short straightaway hop and a very rough landing. There was some damage and repairs were necessary. Several additional brief hops followed, usually with some breakage, then he finally completely wrecked one whole side of the plane in a bad smashup. By this time Timm was so discouraged he wanted to take his engine, go back to Chicago and build a plane by himself, however after some discussion he decided to stay and help rebuild the plane, but with the understanding that next time he would learn to fly it himself. Since they had experienced considerable trouble with the 3 cylinder engine Timm decided to buy a 6 cylinder 50 [[strikethrough]] H.P. [[/strikethrough]] h.p., Kirkham engine, which was installed as the plane was rebuilt. As soon as the work was completed Timm began taxi tests and was out several days at daybreak running along the ground faster and faster until he suddenly hit a bump and found himself several feet in the air. He sailed along for several hundred feet then throttled his engine and settled back to the ground for a normal landing. Following this Timm began to 2
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