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On July 24, 1910 Peters made three one-mile straight-away flights at Petaluma, California, which were quickly followed by Wiseman Flying the plane. Both Wiseman and Peters continued tests, learning to fly and developing their plane for the remainder of that year, through the fall months Wiseman was flying very well, but evidently Peters dropped out of the venture during that time. Wiseman entered the plane, became a contestant at the San Francisco Aviation Meet held at what was then Selfridge Field January 7 to 25, 1911. There his work was confined to the amteur events, competing against Lincoln Beachey, Clarence Walker, and several local plane builders. Wiseman was easily the STAR of this group as he did some very commendable flying, and soon prizes for distance, duration and altitude in his class during the meet. At that time Wiseman was living at Petaluma and after the meet he decided to go into exhibition work. On February 17, 1911 Wiseman carried mail, a bundle ofnewspapers and a sack of groceries from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California, a fourteen mile flight. In the mail was a letter from Postmaster Olmstead of Petaluma to Postmaster Tripp of Santa Rosa, with comments concerning the probable significance of mail delivery by air. Although not authorized by official sanction this was probably the first mail ever transported by aeroplane anywhere. On February 18 the again carried a bundle of newspapers from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, then remained there where he flew with Bleriot pilot James Radley for the Chamber of Commerce during the annual Rose Festival. Wiseman continued his active flying in the vicinity and on April 30 made several flights at Vallejo, California. On May 7 he flew at Everett, Washington, and May 13-14 at NorthYakima, Washington. On May 16 he exhibited at Ellensburg, Washington, and then at Olympia on May 18. After that he flew at Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria in succession. He then returned to California, overhauled his plane and installed an 80 hp Hall-Scott engine for more power. 2.
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