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Aviation]: [Beck, Paul W.]
MILITARY AVIATION MEET. ROCKINGHAM PARK, SALEM N.H. THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 2 P.M.
Boston: Buck Printing Co., 1911. Broadside, 11 x 7 inches. Three early pencil annotations. Tear in upper margin (from previous mounting, no loss of text), two-inch closed tear along center fold, old folds, some tanning. About very good. Broadside advertising the first air show, or "aviation meet," ever held in New England, in 1911, at Rockingham Park, the first horseracing track in the region. Promising "United States Army Flyers in Positive Flights," the meet featured three soon-to-be legendary pilots with the planes they flew added in pencil, in parentheses: "Capt. Beck (Scout), Lieut. Milling (26 Burgess), Lieut. Arnold (Curtiss)." Also performing was one Bonnetti, the "World's Greatest Ballooinst [sic]," who promised to make the "most Thrilling, Dare-devil Parachute Jump to Earth, ever attempted in New England." Admission was 50 cents, but the broadside highlights free parking and easy access to the park "by Auto, Steam, Electric directly into the grounds." Paul W. Beck (1876-1922) was one of the first military pilots, and one of the first military officers to advocate for an air force branch independent of the Army. In 1922, Beck was shot and killed by his former friend and prominent Oklahoma oil man Jean P. Day, who claimed Beck had assaulted his wife. Thomas D. Milling (1887-1960) received his flight training at the Wright brothers' aviation school, and while not the first U.S. Army aviator recruited, he received Military Aviator Certificate No. 1 on July 5, 1912. At this meet, Milling set a new altitude record of 1600 feet in his Burgess biplane. Henry H. "Hap" … [Click Below for Full Description]
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