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SEPTEMBER 4, 1909
'PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE OUTLOOK COMPANY, 287 FOURTH AVENUE, NEW YORK LAWRENCE F. ABBOTT, PRESIDENT. WILLIAM B. HOWLAND, TREASURER. KARL V.S. HOWLAND, SECRETARY LYMAN ABBOTT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF. H. W. MABIE, ASSOCIATE EDITOR. R. D. TOWNSEND, MANAGING EDITOR
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
UP IN THE AIR
Last week took place the pare the merits of three types of aero
first race-meet for heavier- plane: the monoplane, such as is used by than-air flying-machines. At Rheims, MM. Bleriot and Latham ; the biplane, France, a dozen aerial navigators from used by Farman and by the only AmeriFrance, America, and England met in can competitor, Mr. Curtiss (although competition for speed in long-distance several Wright biplanes were flown by Alights and in "sprints," and for duration French aerialists); and the box-plane, or of flight. Flights of half an hour, an hour, cellular type, such as the Voisin machine an hour and a half, became common inci- used by M. Paulhan. The spectacle dents early in the meeting, and on Tues- during the week's contests was an unday M. Paulhan, driving a Voisin biplane, precedented one, for at times six mabroke record made by Wilbur Wright chines were in the air at once. But the at Le Mans, France, a year ago, by meet has shown that flying is still a fairflying for two hours and forty-three min- weather sport, and, what is more, a stillutes. In that time he covered eighty- weather sport, for several times the official three miles, and only descended when his signal flag announced to the city that a too fuel was
exhausted. The next day, strong wind made flying impracticable. Wednesday, his record, in point of dis- While the heavier-than-air machines were tance, was promptly superseded by M. disporting themselves at Rheims, across Latham, the French aerialist who made the German frontier the Zeppelin III, the the first, though unsuccessful, attempt to greatest exponent of the lighter-than-air fly across the English Channel.
fliers, was off for the 450-mile journey Antoinette monoplane, M. Latham circled from Lake Constance to Berlin. What the course fifteen times, covering a distance the aeroplanes have accomplished is marof ninety-six miles in two hours and velous. But as matters stand to-day, the eighteen minutes. This is about the same dirigible is the type of air-ship which is time that Mr. Wright remained in the air farthest on the road to practical results. on his record flight last year, but during that A ship of the air like the Zeppelin, which time he covered only seventy-seven miles. can carry a dozen men and supplies hunOn Friday Mr. Farman, flying in a biplane dreds of miles in almost any weather, of his own design, once more set the mark shows great possibilities for usefulness in at a higher point. He flew about one war and in peace. The aeroplanes doubthundred and eighteen miles (of which six less furnish better sport, but they have far miles was after the time set for the to go to overtake the big rivals. contest to close), remaining in the air over three hours, breaking the records made both by M. Latham and M. Paulhan.
“A disgraceful civil war" His performance won for him the Cham
is the phrase used by so pagne Grand Prize. M. Bleriot made the
conservative a journal as best time for a single round of the course the New York Evening Post to describe the during the first part of the week, cover- state of things at McKees Rocks, near Pittsing the distance of six and one-fifth miles burgh, adding, “ A strike with bloodshed in almost exactly eight minutes and four is an anachronism against which every one seconds. The final results of the meeting ought to protest.” It is almost incrediwill be of the greatest interest, for they ble that under modern civilization such a will give an excellent opportunity to com- state of things should be possible: hun