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Sample of March 1909 News

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


Will Build Airships
Wealthy members of Aero Club of America Form Company

     New York, NY - Mar. 4, 1909 - Announcement was made last night of the formation by wealthy members of the Aero Club of America of a company to manufacture airships. It was said a merger of the various interests engaged in experiments with airships in this country had been effected and that the factory of the new concern would be located at Hammondsport, N.Y.
     While the financial partners in the company are all members of the Aero Club of America, it is said the club has absolutely nothing to do with the concern. Among the prominent men announced as being interested in this company are John Jacob Astor, William K. Vanderbilt, Harry Payne Whitney and Cortlandt Field Bishop.
Source: The Indianapolis News

Wrights Going to Rome
To Make a Series of Flights There with Aeroplane

     Paris - Mar. 9, 1909 - The Wright brothers, the American aeroplanists, are arranging to go to Rome next month to make a series of flights. Tart O. Berg, their European business manager, has left for Italy to select a field for the exhibitions.
Source: The Sun, New York

Amateur Aeronaut Lands in Breakers

     Long Beach, Mass. - Mar. 9, 1909 - Five thousand people saw Jean Savage, an amateur aeronaut, ascend from the beach in a fierce wind, which at times Threatened to careen his balloon and they watched him as he drifted over the ocean. He did not cut loose until he was 2,000 feet high. The balloon, relieved of his weight, turned over and shot down into the sea, where it was picked up by a launch. Savage, in his efforts to land safely, swung his parachute at dangerous angles and at times the spectators held their breath as a particularly strong breeze impelled him. He finally landed in the breakers, releasing his hold on the parachute, which was caught in the tide and carried out to sea and sunk before a launch could reach it.
Source: Berkshire Evening Eagle, Pittsfield, MA

Aeronaut Lost in Sea
Lester Elkins Cuts Loose Parachute and Drops Into the Pacific

     San Pedro, Cal. Mar. 9, 1909 - While hundreds watched his frantic efforts to control a great balloon which was swiftly bearing him out over the Pacific ocean yesterday afternoon, Lester Elkins, an amateur aeronaut, twenty years old, soared 4,000 feet into the air before he cut loose his parachute and dropped into the waters of the outer harbor to his death. As the stiff wind carried him out to sea, boatsmen hastily left the inner harbor in launches to rescue him, but owing to the high wind their efforts were useless. As the huge bag arose it careened and was carried rapidly out over the water. Elkins tried desperately to guide it back to the land by swinging from the bar below, but soon the balloon was far out to sea. The parachute filled after he had fallen a short distance, but was caught by the wind and carried still farther out and fell in the ocean a mile beyond dead man's island. Elkins came to California a few months ago from San Antonio, Tex., where his mother now lives. His body was not recovered.
Source: The Indianapolis News

Airship Up 3,000 Feet
Record Height for Dirigible Balloons Attained by Zeppelin Craft/i>

     Friedrichshafen - Mar 12, 1909 - The Zeppelin airship, which went up from lake Constance this morning, attained an altitude of over 3,000 feet, a record height for steerable balloons. Varied and difficult manoeuvres were carried out at this height with great success.
Source: The Sun, New York


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

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