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progressive development of the project and numerous brief hops were made with them by Romme and other pilots, but the results were so generally disappointing that the project was abandoned about mid-1912. During this period of associations at Cicero Field Vought became very interested in aviation and flying. In the spring of 1912 the Aero Club of Illinois appointed him as the official engineer to pass upon the condition of all planes before they could be flown at Cicero Field. After deciding that he wanted to learn to fly Vought started taking flying instruction at the Lillie School on a Wright Model B at Cicero in June from instructor Max Lillie. He made his first solo flight on July 27th and the third on July 29th. After continuing his practice he flew for and obtained F.A.I. Pilot License No. 156 on August 14, 1912 at Cicero Field, Chicago, Illinois on a Lillie school Wright biplane. After more flying practice at the Lillie school throughout the fall, in late October he was made Field Manager until the school closed following the termination of Andrew Drew's contract as Manager. At that time Vought was also Engineer in charge of the school equipment for Lillie and did engineering lecturing to the students as a part of their flying course. Before the school left Cicero for the south he was also acting as fill-in instructor when needed. On December 27, 1912 the entire Lillie organization, students and equipment arrived at San Antonio, Texas for their winter school location at Fort Sam Houston. It would appear that Vought left McCormick's employment during late 1912. In mid-January, 1913 he assisted in some wireless experiments from a Lillie plane in cooperation with Army officers, and on February 1st was appointed to act as observer and licensing official for the Aero Club of America in the San Antonio area. He did considerable flying that winter, instructing, carrying passengers and weekend exhibitions, including two attempted altitude flights with passenger to between 7,000 and 8,000 feet, which did not surpass existing records. At this time he was also preparing a design for a new military tractor plane to meet Army requirements which, however, was never built. The early part of April the school left for Cicero and was set up and in 2
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