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Sample of December 1909 News
More than 100 actual news stories appear in the December 1909 issue. Below is a sampling of a few days of 1909. Individual editions are $9.95 plus postage.


New Aeroplane Record
Latham Rises to a Height of 1600 Feet in Wind of Nearly 40 Miles an Hour

     Mourmelon, France - Dec. 1, 1909 - Battling against a wind of nearly forty miles an hour, Hubert latham, the French aeronaut, attained a height today of between 475 and 500 metres (about 1600 feet), beating th official world record.
Source: Boston Evening Transcript, Boston, MA

Another Aviator Killed
Motor of Fernandez Explodes While Aeroplane was 1600 Feet from the Ground

     Nice, France - Dec. 6, 1909 - M. Fernandez, the French aviator, was instantly killed today following the explosion of the motor when his aeroplane was being maneuvered at an estimated 1600 feet. The machine crumpled, and with its pilot dropped to earth.
     M. Fernandez had accomplished several interesting features and was present at the aviation contests at Rheims last August. At that time he was operating a biplane. The height attained by him at the moment of the accident today might have constituted a world's record had it been officially observed and recorded.
     Antinio Fernandez, though popularly ranked as a French aviator, was of Spanish birth. He learned the trade of a tailor and was engaged in this work when he became interested in the possibilities of flying. With the aid of a cutter in his employ he constructed a bi-plane resembling in a general way the models of the Wright Brothers. Fernandez exhibited his machine at Rheims during the exhibition there last summer, but was unsuccessful in his efforts to accomplish a flight of any consequence. Today's sensational ascent took the flying world by surprise. While the height attained by him can be only estimated it is believed to have been not less than 500 metres and so to have equalled and possibly excelled the official record.
     Fernandez is the fourth man to be killed in a motor-power aeroplane. The first fatality was the death of Lieutenant Selfridge while flying as a passenger with Orville Wright at Fort Myer in September, 1908. E. Lefebvre, the French aviator, was killed Sept. 7 last, when his aeroplane turned turtle, and Captain Ferber, another Frenchman, was killed in a very similar way shortly afterwards.
Source: Boston Evening Transcript, Boston, MA

Operation Weakens Zeppelin

     Stuttgart, Germany - Dec. 10, 1909 - Count Zeppelin, the aviator, is showing bad effects from a small operation performed Wednesday for relief from an ulcer on the neck. The surgeon has caused the removal of the count from his villa to a hospital, where he can be constantly under medical observation.
Source: St. Louis Globe Democrat, St. Louis, MO

Bleriot Hurt In Fall
French Aviator's machine Collides With Roof of Constantinople House
Drops About Twenty Feet
Man Who Crossed English Channel Is Badly Bruised and May Be Injured Internally

     Constantinople - Dec. 12, 1909 - Bleriot, the French aviator who crossed the English Channel in an aeroplane, attempted to make a flight here this afternoon, but the attempt ended in a disaster. The weather was boisterous.
     An immense gathering of people invaded the flying ground and this increased Bleriot's difficulties. Nevertheless, he rose well and had reached a height of 60 feet when a squall caught him as he was turning, and after a desperate struggle on Bleriot's part the monoplane was driven against the roof of a house. The machine and Bleriot fell about 20 feet. He was severely bruised and shaken and one of his wrists was sprained.
     It is feared he was hurt internally. He was escorted to the French Hospital by a detachment of calvary and a sympathetic crowd. The aeroplane was much damaged. Mme. Bleriot is with him.
Source: St. Louis Globe Democrat, St. Louis, MO

Fifty Airships Entered For Los Angeles Meet Dick Ferris Manager

     Los Angeles, Cal. - Dec. 23, 1909 - Entries in the three divisions of aeronautic and aviation events for the aviation meeting to be held in this city from January 10 to 20, closed today. A list of 50 airships of various kinds, which will compete for the prizes, aggregating $80,000, was announced by Dick Ferris, general manager of the meet.
Source: La Crosse Leader Press, La Crosse WI


More than 100 actual news stories appear in the December 1909 issue. Above is a sampling of a few days of 1909. Individual editions are $9.95 plus postage.

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