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CURTISS AND RADLEY SOAR OVER FIELD AND BAY
Record Breaking Feats Prom*
ised for Today by World
Racing Biplane and Speedy
Monoplane Soar Into the
Heavens at Tanforan
General Program of
Opening Aviation Day ;j
10 a. m. to 12 m Novice flying.
1:15 to 2 p. m. Guardmount and mili
tary display by Thirtieth United States
9t04 p. m.—Professional flying. ■'.-.■
NOVICE EVENTS AND CASH PRIZES.
10 a. m. to 12 m.
Half mile straight—ooo. divided into
as many equal prizes as there are sue
• tesif ul competitors,
Two and a half kilometers, circular—
SI.CCO. divided as above.
Speed, flve kilometers—First. $250; sec
end. $125: third. $75.
Height— $250; second. $125; third.
Duration—First, $250; second, 9125: third,
Distance— $250: second. 9125; third,
$75. Total of meet to count.
ft. B.—A novice is any aviator who never
before this meet flew for cash prizes or
guarantee in a power propelled, heavier
than air machine.
V PROFESSIONAL CONTESTS
Daily from 3 to 4 p. m.
1. World's record contests.
2. Quick start.
3. Passenger carrying.
4. Accuracy in landing.
6. Rifle firing machines.
8. Daily speed contests.
7. Daily altitude contests.
8. First test in bomb dropping (from low
altitudes, using real explosives).
All professional aviators are to be in the
air every afternoon. Nature of event
and entries to be indicated on announc
ing board. Order of events subject to
• How to Reach the
Field at Tanforan
The San Mateo cars will run on a 15
minute headway from 8 in the morn
The cemeteries can will run from the
ferry to the. field on a 5 minute headway
throughout the day.
The Mii»ion and Polk line will run on
a 5 minute headway to the field from
11:30 a. m. on.
The Valencia street line will run to the
field on a 5 minute headway from 11-32
a. m. on.
SOUTHERN PACIFIC TRAINS
Train* will leave Third and Townsend
itreets as faat as safety will permit. The
Southern Pacific is prepared to handle
10,000 passengers to the field per hour.
Automobiles take Valencia street to
Mission and out the Mission road to Mis
sion church, a half mile beyond the race
track, then turn to the left for a quarter
of a mile, turn again to the left and
double back to aviation field.
Or go by the Sloat boulevard and the
new South San Francisco road. This
route is not so direct as the one riven
In response to the pleading of some
500 vagrant aviation enthusiasts who
assembled on aviation field yesterday
afternoon, Glenn Curtlas and James
Kadley sent their aircraft Into the sky
in a duo of spectacular flights. Curtiss
circled the Held four times, starting
from and alighting directly,in front of
the grandstand. The Knglish birdman
circled • r the lield and then
guided his buzzing monoplane out over
the bay, straight out north In a steady
four mile trip, and back over the water
and to the field.
Both men ■ pronounced conditions of
earth and atmosphere ideal for those
who go up into the air in ships.
< I RTl<"«i l> l< V« EH
Curtiss, Americans foremost aviator,
had his racing biplane, the machine in
which he established the record "f five
miles ular truck in ."> min
utes and ."• eeeonds, brought out of its
hangar for the trial Might. Not five
minute* later lie was up and wheeling
in a spectacular rwoop ovt;r the first
.pylon, or guide post, for a trip around
Three times lie sailed out around the
field and swept back before the grand
stand. On his fourth great circle he
K'lided still farther out over the low
hills, and then suddenly swooped down
and alighted on a level spot a half
mile from the* grandstand. It was" seen
that the descent 'was'an'easy one, but
Radley, who had his Bleriot monoplane
out and ready for a trip, cranked up,
took the air and flew over to where
Curtiss was examining his. machine.
The Englishman saw that all was well,
and, turning in a short circle, he flew
In a straight line, as a bumble bee
flies when Its mind in set unalterably
on home, out over South San Francisco
and more than a mile and a half over
the bay. Then he turned and " set
another bee line for home, alighting in
front of the grandstand with a smile
wreathing Itself around the pipe set
• firmly between his teeth.
Curtiss, meanwhile, discovered that
his carburetor had frozen, as a result
of "his. mechanician having put 86
gravity gasoline into the tank. This
rich food is only for the gnome en
gines in Hard's Curtiss machine,
while Curtiss' racer takes only 80
gravity oil. Its unusual diet caused
aeroplane indigestion— carburetor
froze, and the, sky pilot made for the
earth. Within 10 minutes he had his
carburetor pacified and he flew back to
his position, before j the grandstand.
His first act was to order the obnoxious
gasoline out, and the biplane's usual
fodder, poured Into the tank In prep
aration for the series .of .flights in
which the racer will engage with the
other two. Curtiss machines, the three
Wright crafts, the French and English
monoplanes and the novice planes to
. AVIATION FANS CHEER
And the faithful i throng, of aviation
"bugs" cheered wildly at the first plan
ing of San Francisco's great gathering
of aircraft. .
This morning at 10 o'clock the nov
ices will inagrurate the, ten days of
flying with ,• their.',first flights, and
throughout the meet they ; will have
the mornings, and the mornings only,
for their contests. This afternoon , at ,
•_• o'clock the professionals will turn
out In force for, the first brushes on
the course, in the heavens,; and every
afternoon of the meet they will strive
for supremacy ' over 'the level green j
enclosure * opposite Tanforan. \. I
•'* Hubert Latham; .the ; distinguished ]
Two noted aviators and their machines as they appeared in preliminary flights at the aviation field yesterday. At the top is Clerm Curtiss, sailing
through the air in his racing biplane. Curtiss is shown at the middle left, sealed at the wheel of his machine. At the middle right is James Radley,
standing on his Bleriot monoplane, which is shown in flight below.
French aviator, was not feeling partic
ularly breezy yesterday, and so he re
mained in his apartments at the St.
Francis while his mechanicians as
sembled his queer looking Antoinette
monoplane, in which the l-'reiv
had established a half dozen recoTds,
in hangar No. 1 at Aviation field. The
Wright machines were not totally
assembled, so their first flights will be
FOUR enma MACHINES
Curtiss has two machines ready"and
impatient for the meet—Willard's bi
plane, the craft that uses the 86 gravity
gasoline—and?* Ely's racer, the smallest
type of.Curtiss machine, in which Cur
tiss went up yesterday. - A third Cur
tiss biplane was being assembled yes
terday and probably,'. will be used by
Lincoln Beachey, the San Franciscan
who has distinguished himself, as an
aeronaut and is enlisted in the urtiss
camp, striving for,honor as an aviator.
Still another Curtiss'biplane will ar
rive from Los Angeles . this morning
and be ready for flight this afternoon.
"The ■ atmospheric conditions were
ideal," Curtiss declared after his trip.
"If this* keeps .up. we I will -give this
part of California some flights that will
stand for a very long time. How do
conditions here compare with Los An
geles? Well, you "simply could not Im
prove on today's conditions. It com
pares only with the Ideal in weather."
Radley, too, whose craft, . being ' a
monoplane. Is even more difficult to
handle in the wind than a biplane, pro
nounced the air like velvet.
NOVICE BREAKS WHEEL
Orvar Myerhoffer, the local novice,
got out his biplane in the morning and
tuned up for a flight. But he was too
impatient to < get off the ground and
when he tilted his altitude plane too
sharply the craft bucked like a broncho
and came down on all fours so hard that
one of the running wheels.was crushed,
several - wires. running to the rudder
broken, : and one of the main sup
porting rods twisted. The damage was
repaired by late afternoon and Myer
liofler moved his craft Into hangar No.
15. - '-y. ■. ■ ■/ :' ■- • ;- ■ ::*■■-•■
In hangar No. 1 in Hubert Latham's
Antoinette monoplane. | James Itadley's
Bleriot monoplane. occupies hangar -No."
2. Curtiss has three hangars occupied
now, Nos. .".. 4 tend B. - • ■• -
Two amateurs - have hangars No. 6
and —Fortenay and Bryant in 6 with
Antoinette monoplane, built on slightly
mldifled lines and in 7 Brewer.brothers
in their Curtiss biplane. \ The craft is
fitted with devices of the amateur's
own invention, however. ,
The Wright camp lias hangars S, 9
and 10, nnri in h;uiK;ir 11 is a ChlCO
novice, Thaddeus Kerns, with his mod
itied Curtis* biplane. Kerns has made
several short Olghts in his machine.
Three local; men,' M. Glsehnan,. C. ,E.
Hagen * and S. Leggo, had the mis
fortune ', to; be assigned hangar.No. 13.
And ' yesterday was Friday,. too. , But
they have moved in tnelr biplane with
high hopes of I putting, the "jinks" on
other aviators, and their fateful num
ber they regard as an omen of ill luck
for others only. -'i ; '•"'■
;. C. E. Lamburth's . monoplane, •which j
will be driven by ",I. F. Villa, occupies !
hangar 14,.and Myerhoffer's "biplane >
is in No. 15/ - . •
AEROPLANE;RESERVE . :\
; The : United * States -J. aeronautical - re
serve has erected tent headquarters on
the field and the ' military organization
of aviators will sign' up members; there
during the meet. Their duty will be
to " report \to , the United -States :asj an
aeroplane reserve* in time 'of war. ) -
Under Major J. P. O'NeilL, '■ the Sec
ond battalion of the Thirtieth infantry,
Is . encamped, on i' the'- field,, with a -ma
chine gun platoon, 19 men from the
cooks', and bakers' school, and ,a~ de
tachment from V" Company,", K. J, signal
corps. The machine gun platoon, under ;
the temporary command of ; Lieutenant
Robert : Mowisson, will -practice: aiming
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 1911.
AVIATORS WILL BE NUMBERED
LETTERS DESIGNATE TYPE
Aviators flying in themeet will be designated by numbers attached
to their machines, as follows: ' , /
PROFESSIONAL ■ '
No. V.-tine of V viator. Nationality.'--'; Type of Machine.
I. HUBERT LATHAM........... French.'........ .Antoinette monoplane
•X. JAMES: HADLKV.............. Xn K Hf,h............ Blerlot monoplane
X. CHARLES K.m\ ll'l'A"l> • ■ Vmrrl.un < urtlm, Mandard
'• KW^MW+iii \>«rrU»" (urUnl MMdard
- ? ni&TJ£v»£tßT^*' ' •• • American r........... .Curtlas standard
4. .1. ROBINSON .;............... .American.............Curtlsa standard
8. WALTER 8R00K1.V5.....-... .American............ . Wright standard
». PHILIP PARMALEE......... American. Wright Standard
10. Pinup PAIOIALEE. American. .'. Wright baby racer
. . <■' ■ ..•.'•■■ . NOVICES '".' '".■■■ .'■ ;^ .-,
No.': Name of Aviator. •'. > - - - Trite mf n..i,i..
«. LINCOLN BEACH V. .VSrtiSj standard*
11. THAUDEUS S. KERNS ... . . tort Us "tandard
13. W. C. VVH>:ELEII.... ................;;... *•':■ i-uruum standard
14. >I. W. (iftELMAN Farmim htiTl-Tn
15. ORVAR MEYEBHOFFER. . . ..... ............... : v "hanea hn nn
imoCIS-FORTNEV;r;,.v..:;;;Hv^^Hf V^ Antoinette
10. JOHN W. HUDSON...... ......'..■ .. Antoinette
ft RALPH^J V "he\f * '* " •* * • ■'' F- l""ntM»-«»"« "multi,;
■k H A B PlVi'ia h" o>" ::::::.::;::::::::::: •• • ■•: ■ •CIIP^ IM "Uv^S
24 KaSlW 1**"" : »e™»l-»- .nonop!.Se
*4. t\ \lf J i \\ * » I*l' m*kle»««»
m HVvMnvS^nrvvVTipvi" ♦' '•'■''■'-'■ '' '" '*-• ••••••■• • • iCurtiw * standard.
20. RAIMO»\D i REYj\S'I I*::::::;::::::::::::::::: '.Curtlnk i, standard
The types of machines will be designated by: the 'following* letters
attached to the machine and displayed on the announcing board: '°
A—Antoinette * F—Wright atandnrd • ,
ll—Hlerlot > .— WrlKht baby racer .
CurtlHH, WUUrd H—DealKnatlon for novice machines.
¥ urtA** » tan<lH, rtl May be Joined »<«» other letter.
E-^-Curtiiw monoplane . . t ■ .--•/ -. '.'■•'.•'
at the aeroplanes as they'fly. Lieuteh
ant William A. Carlton, permanent
commander of the platoon, has been
detached temporarily to be recorder of
the meet and deck of the course.
Convicts' Pathetic Plea
To the busy men working at the
aviation headquarters, In the Pala
tel yesterday came a letter of peculiar
pathos—the prisoners in the peniten
tiary at San Quentin, shut out from the
world, desire to see the wonderful new
invention, the aeroplane, which has
been created and brought Into use since
many of them left the world.
During the early days of preparing
for the Tanforan aviation meet the San
Kafael promotion league considered the
proposition of offering a prize to the
aviator who would lly into Marln county
from the South gan Francisco aviation
field. The prisoners of San Quentin
heard of this plan, which probably will
imt be cairled out, and wrote the fol
lowins letter to Chairman K. 10. Scot
ford of the aviation committee:
Dear Sir; It has been reported here
during the romin* aviation meet
i Francisco a fll«ht is to be made
to Shu Rafael, which is three miles
from here, mid that the reurn is to be
via Sau (jut'ntin point.
There are hundreds of men confined
here who have never seen an aeroplane
and some <if us probably never will un
less by courtesy of an aviator who will
come this way.
We are waiting to ask you, with per
mission of our warden, if it can be ar
ranged for the machine which Is sched
uled to visit San Rafael, to circle over
the prison, so that the inmates may
have an opportunity to see it.
Reply may be addressed to the war
THE PRISONERS OF SAN QUENTIN.
Statement by Beck
Lieutenant Paul W. Bock said yes
"The grounds are ready. The avia
tors are ready. United States troops
are on the field. Major J. p. O'Neill,
Thirtieth infantry, is In command."
is the tlrst time in the history
of aerial navigation that tho war de
partment has ever permitted national
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The novice flying begin" at 10 o'clock thin morning* anil the nntateur*
will try to Hy all sorts of machines until noon. Three or f«Mir—-possibly
all of them—will really fly.
From 12 to 1 o'clock rest and eat lunch. There are eating: places on
At Isls o'clock Major O'XellPs battalion win parade and there will
be a military concert.
Latham, Brookins, Radley, Ely, Wlllard, I'armalee and probably
Glenn Curtis* will fly at 2 p. m. sharp. At 4 p. m. the day's events will
troops to participate ia a civic avia
tion meet. It is done solely because
of the fact that the military import
ance of the meet is such as to war
rant such action.
Glenn H. Curtiss in his biplane and
James Radley in a Bleriot monoplane
have already tested the field in flight
and have pronounced it perfect.
We are on thd verge of making
Kites to Carry Men
Samuel F. Perkins, who probably is
the greatest authority la the world on
man carrying kites, has been secured to
Increase the startling features of the,
aviation meet, and beginning this after
noon he will send his string of kites
into the air, going up with them him
self, and carrying officers of the army to
study the use of the flyers as observa
tion and scouting stations. Lieutenant
Paul W. Beck has placed Perkins at the
service of the signal corps on the field,
and sharpshooting, wigwagging and
telephoning will be carried on from the
slings in which the men will sit below
the giant kites.
Perkins has exhibited his kites at
some of the greatest aviation meets in
the country. He was a prominent
feature of the Boston-Harvard meet,
where he ascended in his carriers. His
record thus far is 350 feet.
A five-eights inch cable holds the
scientist's kites to the earth, for they
develop a pull of one ton. The first
kite to be sent up is 18 feet high. After
that Ik up a half mile smaller kites
art- pont up, until the monster leading
the string Is a mile about the earth.
Then up as high as the velocity of the
wind will take them.
All the signal corps officers on duty
at the aviation field will be given an<
opportunity to ascend in the man car
The kite scientist is famous as a bal
loonist, having made the 1,250 mile
journey with Lieutenant Gericks from
St. Louis to Lake Kiskisink, Ontorio,
in the international balloon meet Oc
tober 17 la^t. He ia a graduate of the
Massachusetts Institute of technology,
and first became interested in the flying
of monster Kites while studying there.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6.—The first de
livery of newspapers by aeroplane is
scheduled to be made tomorrow when
Didier Masson, in a Curtiss-Farman
biplane, will fly from this city to San
Bernardino, a distance of 60 miles.
The start is to be made shortly after
7 o'clock and after a flight over the
city the route will continue to Pomona,
where a descent is to be made and
papers delivered to the agent there.
The remainder of his load will be car
ried to San Bernardino. It is ex
pected that Pomona will be reached
in 4"> minutes and San Barnardi'*
about 10 o'clock.
Masson will give an exhibition in
San Bernardino early in the after
noon and later in the day return to
Pomona for exhibition flights at the
Pomona day celebration.
[ Breaks Altitude Record
CHARLESTON, S. C, Jan. 6. —Jimmy
Ward, the. 18 year old aviator, in a
Curtis aeroplane today made a daring
flight across the river, the harbor and
out over the Atlantic ocean, breaking
the world's altitude record for low
He won $5,000 by circling over two
of the strongest fortifications on the
Atlantic coaat, demonstrating the ef
ficiency of the aeroplane as a scout in
time of war.
It was on his return trip that he
broke the world's altitude record for
smal.l machines, when he attained a
height of 5,300 feet.
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