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Sample of May 1909 News

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


Snow Stops Balloon Races
Six Which Started from Berlin on Saturday Forced to Descend

     Berlin - May 3, 1909 - The balloon competition that started here on Saturday afternoon resulted in failure, owing to the heavy snow in the upper atmosphere. Six balloons ascended in a rain, which in the colder strata, several thousand feet high, turned into snow. The airships became weighted with the snow, and the pilots were obliged to throw out their ballast rapidly to prevent a premature landing. Not one of the ships was able to cover more than twenty-two miles, and they came down encrusted with snow to the depth of one foot.
Source: New York Evening Post

Glidden The Pilot
Balloon Flies from Fitchburg to Atkinson, N.H.

     Pittsfield, Mass - May 5, 1909 - The balloon Boston, owned by the Aero Club of New England and bearing Charles J. Glidden of Boston and J. Walter Flagg of Worcester as passengers, landed on the farm of C. H. Damon in Atkinson, N.H., seven miles from Haverhill, Mass., at 6;40 o'clock last night, after a journey of 40 miles from Fitchburg. The ascent in Fitchburg was made at 4:10 o'clock. For almost the entire distance the balloon was two miles high. The temperature was found very warm 4,000 feet up, but at two miles the mercury was at 32 degrees.
Source: Berkshire Evening Eagle, Pittsfield, MA

Aeronauts' Sand a Nuisance
Los Angeles Man Complains that It Is Ruining His Property

     Los Angeles, Cal. - May 6, 1909 - The extent to which navigation of the air is being undertaken in Los Angeles is illustrated by a complaint made to the chief of police by W. D. Campbell, owner of apartment houses close to which the Aero Club is holding its annual show.
     Campbell declares that his lawns and the paint on his houses are all being ruined by sand being thrown overboard by the aeronauts. The city attorney is positive that the offenders may be prosecuted under the ordinance that prohibits the depositing rubbish in any other place than garbage cans or other receptacles provided for by the city.
Source: New York Evening Post

Glidden Dropped Eggs
Balloon Lands 25 Miles from Starting Point

     Pittsfield, Mass. - May 10, 1909 - After being in the air for three hours and a quarter and traveling before varying winds for 75 miles, the balloon, Boston, with Charles J. Glidden of Boston as pilot and Atherton D. Converse of Winchendon, Mass., as passenger, landed at the foot of New Ipswich Mountain in Sharon, N.H., only 25 miles in an air line from the starting point, Fitchburg, Mass.
     Mr. Glidden took along a quantity of eggs to demonstrate the practicability of dropping explosives accurately upon objects below. After allowing for a peculiar curving of the eggs the pilot said that he was able to drop them upon almost the identical spot chosen from a height of a mile.
Source: Berkshire Evening Eagle, Pittsfield, MA

Miss Wright Still To Teach
Sister of Aeroplane Inventor to Resume Place in Dayton High School

     Dayton, O., May 21, 1909 - Miss katherine Wright, sister of the two famous brothers who are reputed to be make fortunes in selling rights for the use of their aeroplane, will not give up teaching school. She was given a leave of absence from the high school at the beginning of the year to visit her brothers in France. It was thought after the success of Wilbur and Orville that Miss Wright would give up teaching, but she has just notified the Board of Education that she will be ready to resume her duties in September.
Source: New York Evening Post


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

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