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of space, have acquired the genius of aviation. It requires only, practice, patience and courage to master an aeroplane. And be careful - that's all.
Withal, necessarily, be sober minded and temperate, as men should be who drive the fast locomotive, the racing motorcycIe and the automobile. Surely at all, times must they remember the Reaper who follows close at their heels.
It requires skill, perhaps, to become expert as a birdman and to acquire the proper knowledge of air currents, equilibrium, measurement of distance and space, engine and steering control, power requirements, as pertains to
(image caption) From the Los Angeles Examiner, showing Oldfield and Beachey starting second mile of race, for "Championship of the Universe" at Ascot Park. Beachey frequently touched Oldfield's head with the wheel of his landing gear. The pair covered one mile in 46 3-5 seconds, just one-fifth of a second slower than Oldfield's world's record for circular tracks-not two feet separating them at the finish. Oldfield using his 300 h.p. Christie world's record car.
both engine and rudder as well as the wings of the, aeroplane; of resistance force of the machine, as a whole, while flying under full power abead, upwards or downwards and while driving with a straight drop or dive with power on & off. All this knowledge is necessary, with more, I assure you - but, withal and as complicated and difficult as it may appear, I may say the aeroplane insofar as its construction and operation are concerned, presents itself to a novice in form more simple than does the automobile.
And having once acquired the science of aviation through diligent practice and training, physical and mental, the knack of it "stays with you" the same as the art of swiniming and the playing of golf and tennis and base ball.
Come along, come along, come with me aboard an aeroplane.
We will fly to a region where men who, have courage will find an abundance of peace and good-will. We will fly through the clouds with their lining of gold and pure silver. We will fly to the skies where the birds through the ages have been welcomed and kissed by the glorious sunlight and where the moonbeams have caressed them and the cool winds and dew have rested and blessed them. It is there in the sky where men of all nations will some day learn the true meaning of brotherly love.
It seems not long ago that I stood on the crest of a mountain, and gazed for miles over a magnificent stretch of valley Iand in Southern, California. I was a mere lad then. Across the valley directly opposite me and on a level with my elevation was located the peak of another
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(image caption) From the San Diego (Cal.) Sun.
Beachey on 90 degree "banque" just before turning over sidewise for upside down "Corskscrew Flop."
(image caption) From the San Francisco Chronicle.
Showing Beachey photographing himself while upside down 400 ft. in the air. The camera was strapped to the aeroplane and Beachey pressed the button at the proper moment.
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