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THENNrIONALBALLOONRACE' .III luck still continues to pursue the Lighter ..than ...Air Branch of the Army'sAir Service. The TC-l,the newest and largest airship in commission, shortly uponthe conclusion of a 'cross country training flight from Scott Field, Ill., to DaYton;Ohio, was completely b~rned while attached to the mooring mast at. Fairfield. Thecause of the ship's dest.ruct aon has been attributed to either the presence of static electricity ir lightning~' as
was raging at th~,time of its dest r-uct
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Fortunately, no loss of life accompanied the, disaster, although SergeantHarry Barnes, engineer, sustained a fracture of both legs, and Mr. C.R. Maranville,of the Goodr:i'chT'i,l'e''and Rubber Company,was a.l.so painfully injured.The TC-lileft Scottlt'ie
,at 10:20 A.M." and after circling ,toe ~i:e;L'dheaded, 'for Dayton, arriVing there shortly 'before six o'clock. The crt?wof the ship 'Wer~;Lieuts. Clyde A.:Kunt~,and ,Ira Koenig, pilOts; ,Sergeants Harry Barnes, F. Adams ,and Pvt. Gerald Ad.ams,\lng~neers. The'"passengers were' Captain W.B. Mayer, Li~uts.C.M. Brown, J.B. J'ordan'anjl W,J. Floo'd, student'S; and
C.R. Maranville. 'The loss of the' TC...
a severe b~~wto the lighter-than-air activitiesdScott Field,'The United States ArmyAir' ,Service
beWail repte~ented at 'the Natipnal.Balloon Race to '~e held at 'Indianapolis
4th. ' ~here Wi,l3.:be thr,e. ,'," 'teams from the A1t Service, each consiSt1ng of one pilot and one aide.. Wher~elare to be held under 'the auspices of the Indiariapolis Chamber of :Commerce,,underthe jurisdiction, of the Contest COJ;Dmitteeof'the Na-tiortal Aeronau~i.c,Ass~ciation" \ ,and will be governed, by the rUles and
of the Feder~'ion Aeronautique'Int erndt ionale.; , ';, ", 'The
winning teams will be sent t'o
International Balloop race ,to,be 'he'ld in!tussels. Belgium. on September 23rd next. The three army teams :to be.
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tered in "the National Balloon r.ace are: (1) Capt. Lester' T.' Miller, pilot, ,an.d, ,1st Lieut. Courtland, M. Brow.n..ia~d:e:;(.2) 1st Lt,. Robert S. Olmstead,pilot,.,,and,' \ 1st Lt. John W. Shoptaw,aide; (3) 1st' Lt. 'James
Jordan,:: pilot, and l~
F. Moyer, aide~ , .
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Lieut. Joseph P. Bail,y will accompanythe Army'contestant's as
officialoperations officer and alternate. All the instruments't'o be used ,by the,~; ,pilots in this classic have been carefully cheQked'and calibrated un4ar
super;'vision of the Instrument Section at Scatt Field. These instruments. wi).1 'be,
o,f the primary determining factor~ in ,the race, and neither time nor effort has be~n. 'spared to makethe calibratipn as accurate as possible With the' latest' and best,testing equipment. Each pilot ..nIl' be furnished With complet'e dat'a ,copcerning,ths;correction aJld care
these instruments, so that there maybe no pDssib,ility ,of
error in theiru,se. In addition, he will be furnished with one statoscop.e, ,one .altimeter, one reo(J.rdins barograph and also some'form, of "vertical speed indi9a~ors.,'Three special instruments will also be carried by'mem~ers of the army teams, one
special barometer and two 'sp~~i.aliverticalspeed indica:tors.
Every_facility for the insurance
success :for the Armyteams has been oon-suIted and put to work. 'MeteQrolQgicaJ,.,data :i.sbeing furnished, and every person "in the service who can
any way assis~ h~8 put forth every et:fort to mak~pos:- •','sible another victory
the Army. It' was this spirit of cooperation which wonthe prize last year"when Major Oscar Westover bested a large number»of, selected"opponents. . .'CHIEFOFAIRSERVICERE'CEIVESHIS~ING'I " :General MasonM. Pa~rick, Chief of Air Service. who on June 26th qualified atBolling Field as an'airpllple Pi+ot, was the honor guest at a luncheon at the
and Navy Club the following day, which was attended by all Air Service'officersstationed in Washington. To commemorat?the event. the officers present~d, their;chief with a set of silver wings. Lieut.-ObI. James E. Fechet" who'made
pre-sentation, congratulated the General on being the first Major~General ,in the ~rmywho had ever qualified as an airplane pilot , and the only 'off"icerof th~Army atthe age or. sixty to r:eceive this rating.
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