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January 30, 1910


Taft Will Be Asked to Urge Devel-
opment of Craft.

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 29. -- Congress is to be petitioned, according to a resolution passed at a conference of the aero clubs here today to determine the value of aerial craft in warfare.

A committee from the aero clubs is to call on President Taft and ask him to undertake steps to insure the development of aerial craft.

The conference, which was presided over by Cortlandt F. Bishop, president of the Aero Club of America, represented clubs from thirteen cities and states. Mr. Bishop represents by proxy the aero clubs of New England, California and Colorado. Dayton, O., Kansas City, Peoria, Ill., Rochester, N. Y., Indianapolis, Des Moines, Baltimore and Washington had representatives here.

Applications for the international aviation and balloon races were announced from Kansas City, Peoria, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Baltimore and Washington entered a joint application for College Park, Md.

The place for holding the international aviation and balloon contests will be decided on by the Aero Club of America within thirty days.

Kansas City delegates tonight told of the advantages of their city for the meet, particularly because the winds in the fall blow east and Kansas City is centrally located.

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December 29, 1909



Grabs Machine and Holds On,
Though Dragged for
Thirty Feet.

The several hundred people who attended the airship exhibition at Overland park yesterday afternoon and were treated to some genuine thrillers, and although Aviator Charles K. Hamilton succeeded in making only two flights in his Curtiss aeroplane, no one could complain because there was not enough excitement.

In his first attempt to fly Hamilton gave a pretty demonstration of the feasibility of the machine for aerial navigation until he tried to land in front of the grandstand. Just as the supporting wheels reached the ground a strong gust of wind caught the planes and despite the fact that the aviator had all the brakes on the machine fairly skidded across the field at a rate of about twenty miles an hour.


It seemed inevitable that the aeroplane would crash into the grandstand and accomplish its own complete destruction, but Homer Breyfogle, constable of Johnson county, Kas., was standing near by and before he could get out of the way, the machine struck him and knocked him about fifteen feet. Officer George A. Lyons, a member of the motorcycle squad of the Kansas City police force, rushed to the rescue, but when he grabbed the swiftly moving machine he was hurled into the air and dragged to the ground. However, he "stayed with the ship" and was dragged fully twenty feet before the machine came to a standstill.

With the exception of a few bruises about the limbs, Officer Lyons was uninjured, but Constable Breyfogle sustained a painful cut on his neck and severe bruises on the face. Aviator Hamilton wrenched his foot in an effort to stop the airship.


The plane with which Breyfogle collided was so badly damaged that it required an hour to repair it, but at about 5 o'clock Hamilton was again soaring down the field majestically, and for a few seconds it appeared that he was at last to make a record-breaking trip, but after he had t raveled over a mile and was trying to turn for the homeward stretch, the engine suddenly stopped and the machine landed in a snowbank.

"I simply can't conquer that wind," said Hamilton after his last flight. "One can't imagine how strong this wind is until you get a few feet in the air and then it seems to be twice as fierce. It was all I could do just to keep the machine from capsizing just now, because the wind twisted me in every shape in a cyclone fashion. Dangerous business on a day like this, but I always hate to disappoint the crowds, and if there is any flying to be done, I'll do it no matter what kind of weather prevails.

"Aren't there too many trees and hay stacks around here to make aerial travel very safe?" asked a spectator.


"Yes, there isn't hardly enough room on this field, but if the wind would only go down for one day, I'd make some surprising flights. We may get some ideal weather yet. How's that? No, I don't imagine the North Pole district affords any desirable aviation fields. Anyway, we're not going to attempt any emulation of the Dr. Cook stunt. I am heading for sunny California, where I expect to carry off some prizes in the contests to be pulled off next month."

Hamilton will make the usual flights this afternoon at the park, and he promises to avoid any further attempted "assassinations" of police officers.

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December 17, 1909


C. K. Hamilton Injured at St. Joe,
Will Come Here Today.

ST. JOSEPH, MO., Dec. 16. -- Charles K. Hamilton made a flight of a mile and a half in the Glenn Curtiss aeroplane at 5 o'clock this afternoon against a thirty-five mile wind and, coming back to his quarters at Lake Contrary, reached a speed of sixty-five miles an hour. He was unable to bring the aeroplane down at the usual place of lighting because of the great speed and the velocity of wind, and he was forced against a high board fence and suffered painful injuries to both legs and his body. The aeroplane was damaged only slightly. He previously made three successful flights of three-quarters of a mile each over Lake Contrary, the time in each case being four minutes for the trip. Hamilton will be able to go to Kansas City tomorrow, where he expects to make more flights.

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December 8, 1909


Bernard Well Acquainted With Fer-
nandez, Killed While Flying.

M. Fernandez, the French aviator who met a tragic death at Nice, France, Monday, when a motor on his aeroplane exploded at a height of 1,650 feet, had contracted with K. L. Bernard to participate in a number of aero contests to be held in this country next year, one of which is to be held in Kansas City.

"I was well acquainted with Fernandez," said Mr. Bernard at the Hotel Baltimore last evening. "He was a fearless aviator and told me several times that he would show some of the other aviators something when he got his machine going just right. He evidently was making good his word, for, according to the press reports, he attainted a record-breaking height when the accident occurred.

"I am at a loss to understand the reason for the accident. The motor itself could not explode, or, if it did, this explosion would simply mean the fracture of a cylinder. This would stop the engine, but would hardly cause the machine to collapse. It is probable that there was some defect due to bad wiring, or the gsoline tank sprang a leak and the gases caught fire from the flame from the exhaust, which could lead back to the gasoline tank."


December 5, 1909


Kansas City Men Anxious to Join
Advanced Organization.

"George M. Myers has just informed me that he has received the names of twenty-five Kansas City men who are anxious to become charter members of the Aero Club, which is to be formed Monday afternoon at the offices of the Priests of Pallas," said K. L. Bernard of New York city, who is interested in aviation meets to be held in this country next year, and who represents a number of European aviators and manufacturers of heavier than air machines.

"Kansas City people are more enthusiastic over this proposition than I dreamed they would be," said Mr. Bernard. "I will remain here until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week or until the club has been formed and application for the membership made to the Aero Club of America. It is necessary for the club to have a membership of forty, but it is probable that there will be 100 Kansas Cityans as charter members of this club."

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September 5, 1909


Died on Day Set for Test of His
Flying Machine.

R. B. Eubank, Jr., died yesterday afternoon at his home 3400 Flora avenue, from the effects of an operation performed last Wednesday. He had been ill several weeks.

Death came on the day an official test was to have been made a flying machine Mr. Eubank had invented. The test was to have taken place in Convention hall before Louis W. Shouse, manager of the hall, the other interested parties. Mr. Eubank had been working on the dirigible for more than a year.

As an inventor, Mr. Eubank was well known in the scientific world. He was 51 years old. He is survived by a widow, four sons and a daughter. His family and Jerome D. Eubank, a brother, were at his bedside when he died. His father, R. B. Eubank of Marshall, Mo., will arrive in this city today. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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July 31, 1909


Observers Note Regular Appearance
of Light in Western Sky.

Now Kansas City has the aeroplane fever.

Leastwise, there are people in this city who have been seeing thing which have led them to believe that there is some daring aviator making nightly flights over the city. Whether it is an aeroplane of the Wright model or a monoplane built along the lines of Herbert Latham's comparatively miniature machine, or one of Zeppelin's monster gas bags with the wickerwork baskets below, the nocturnal observers have been unable to determine.

But this they do know: that each evening about 8 o'clock -- at 7:55 to be exact -- a light has appeared just over the west bluffs which grows in brilliancy as it covers a course toward the horizon and finally disappears at a point just north of the Coates house. Lat night this light made its appearance at a point between the Coates house and the Catholic cathedral on Eleventh street, and in a slowly moving arc finally disappeared somewhere in the distance north and west of the Coates house.

The brilliancy and size of the light has discredited the idea in the minds of observers that it might be a star. Also, the movement of the light, it is said, is entirely too swift for one of the heavenly bodies. ergo, it must be an aeroplane, a monoplane, an airship or a toy balloon, or---

It may be the star Venus wending its nightly course through the heavens.

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September 18, 1908


Only It's Small Enough to Be Shown
in Window.

High above the autumn flowers it sailed, an exact miniature of the famous aeroplane, which, under the guidance of its inventor, Orville Wright, made so splendid a record at Fort Myer. The "demonstration ground" in this instance was the front window of the store of the William L. Rock Flower Company, 1116 Walnut street, and the aeroplane, although perfect to the last detail, measures only six feet in width. It was secured by William L. Rock while on his recent trip to the East. The great interest in the future of aviation taken by people of all walks of life caused the tiny aeroplane to be widely commented upon.

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January 11, 1908


Kansas City Dealers Propose to Fur-
ther Navigation of Air.

The charter of the Kansas City Automobile Dealers' Association, which will conduct a show in Convention hall February 3 to 8, has been received from the secretary of state. A careful reading of it and of the articles of incorporation indicates that the dealers have been looking far into the future, to the days when they may have ceased selling automobiles and are pushing the latest model 1925 airship.

Among other purposes of the incorporation, is given the following:

"To promote scientific investigation into the problems of aerial navigation."

As yet, no member of the association has expressed his desire to become a sky pilot.

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