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been so wonderful in the test few
years that even expert aviators
will not hazzard a guess.
All they can say is that the
aeroplane is responding as noth
ing else is to the demand of the
modern speed maniac- for fast,
faster, fastest. And'what is in
conceivable speed today may see,
what? 200 miles an hour tomor
row? It is but three years since the
Gordon Bennett aeroplane race
was instituted, and in that brief
time the speed of aerial racing
craft has more than doubled.
The 1909 race was won at SO
miles an hour. The other day, in
1912 Gordon Bennett race in Illi
nois, Jules Vedrines flew, around
a small circular course, 105.5
'miles an hour. And the same af
ternoon he bettered that by mak
ing 20 kilometres in less than 7
minutes a speed of over 1Q7
miles an hour.
Try to grasp what such speed
means. For more than 100 miles
this dare-devil little French me
chanic, with his 140-horse-power
monoplane, built in the likeness
of a flying fish, outstripped any
fish that ever flew, and any but
the very fastest birds. Every
minute, lor 60 minutes in -succession,
he moved 9240 feet Every
second he put 154 feet behind him
half the distance of an average J
, At that rate Vedrines could al
most fly across the 3000 miles of
the American continent between
two sunrises. He could cross the
Atlantic in a day and aTnight.
-And this, aviators think, is only
the beginning. If the speed has
doubled in three years, why may
it not double again in the next
How Jong will it be until a man
can fly from New York to Chr
cago between breakfast and,
lunch, and from Chicago to Den- '
ver between lunch and dinner.
And the pity of it is that Amer
ica, which first fitted wings to the
gas engine and' made man at home;
in the air lines, has surrendered"
its conquest to foreigners. The
last Gordon Bennett race went by '
default to the French, and the
only use found for ait AmericanJ
aeroplane was to go aloft for the l
purpose of photographing the,
Our aviators lack scientific and 1
mechanical knowledge, they lackt
the all-important engines of the
Europeans, and they lack the
monoplane models that are to our?
lumbering biplanes as the eagle-'
to the quail. "
OUR PRECISE ARTIST.
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