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there he exhibited at Readville, Mass, June 16th and 17th, then at Pittsfield on July 4th. Witmer had his first serious smashup at Pittsfield which put him in the hospital for some time with a badly injured leg. His next flying was at the big Chicago Meet at Grant Park August 12th through 20th. There on August 15th he flew for his pilot license, No. 53, on a Curtiss. September 11th-16th he flew at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and September 27th and 28th at Houghton Lake, Michigan. On September 30th and October 1st Witmer and Lincoln Beachey exhibited at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, then went to Portage Lake, Wisconsin for two days. October 17th through 19th Witmer flew at Raleigh, North Carolina, then November 16th through 19th he and Beachey gave an exhibition at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Following a short vacation, Witmer was put in charge of the winter school at Miami, Florida, which opened January 1st, 1912. The company furnished three aeroplanes, one a two-place HYDRO for passenger carrying and two land training planes for school work. He operated at Bay Biscayne and on a pasture several miles inland until late in March, teaching several students and conducting a good passenger carrying business. On May 28th, 1912 Witmer sailed for Europe to assemble and demonstrate machines sold by the Curtiss Company to foreign governments, and to instruct officers to fly them. He first went to Frederickshaven, Germany to deliver a Hydro to the Zeppelin Company. From there he went to Sevastopol, Russia, where he delivered four Hydros and taught six Naval Officers to fly. His next stop was at Putzig, near Danzig, Germany on September 1st to deliver a Hydro and train one officer. On October 1st he arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia to deliver a plane and train an officer, then five additional planes arrived and he remained to instruct several more officers. Returning to Germany at Wismar, he delivered their first Curtiss Flying Boat. From Wismar he went to Paris, France to deliver a Flying Boat assigned to the Austrian government. There he was joined by "Doc" Wildman, another Curtiss pilot who was in Europe on a similar assignment. Together they returned home the latter part of May, 1913. After a brief vacation to his home in Chicago, Witmer was given the special 2
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