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EDITION (Thnes-News, Mt. PulaskL IIL) THURSDAT, JULY FIRST RACE BETWEEN TRAIN AND AIRPLANE e Landed Near of Present Home in Avi. State's Aerial Route " 00g-DDEVOURED --..--._ Curtiss" Hudson and Paulhan's Flight Than 33 An Hour --.----_ Contest of Flyer Special Wonder M. EVANS Record. Herald ) Ill., Sept. 29, 1910 Brookins, cloud ex- today a marks an epoch in through the viewed by he establish- route in Ill- the $10200 prize Record.Herald. of speed with a the Illinois Cen- state the most it had a gull cleav- e negotiated those the metropolis capital at the drty-three miles into smither- for long dist- m a heavier-than- NOTABLES teeth of a fifteen- buffeted by cross- made the upper Bmokins at the racing rails below and .and groaning in new record for distance flight air Pay- the Hudson New York by He punctured the in Europe, too, when trying to i distance mark, hours when the and spread several days. miles--- that Paulham 1961 Plane Stopped Here In 1910 ' boggan. CROWDS CRANE NECKS Along the route the Illinois populace showed its enthusiasm over the advent of the air navi- Deducting the time lost on the gator by turning necks toward ground, Brookins flew from the heaven. At every farmhouse ram. park meadow to the domed capi- flies were out in the yards and tol building in five hours and in the fields gaping at the ap- proaching biplane. At all the forty-five minutes. towns and cities throngs pack- NEAR RAIL SCHEDULE ed the depots and the right of What this means may be seen way, clung to telegraph poles from the fact that the schedule time for the Daylight Special md sprawled on tops of box cars tnd lumber piles. of the Illinois Central, the deluxe Whistles kept up one continu- train of the road, between Sixty- third street, Chicago, and Spring- ous blast along the entire 187. field, is four hours and forty-sev- mile course. On every counten- ance emotion was depicted. The en minutes. Brookins, who was hailed a- sky.gazers looked on in aston- ishment as the great artificial long the route as "king of the bird bore down from above. It air", not only gave the train a merry chase in the face of an ad- was as amazing a sight to them as was that to the Indians when verse wind, but smashed to frag- the latter first saw the spread- ments all records for continuous ing sails of Columbus' caravels. voyages in the air between sun- rise and sunset, and shaved the IN TI MEMORY OF MAN European and American records Wonderment, surprise, absorp- for distance flight made in tion, were written on every vis- propitious weather with the sky age. Some of the gray-tmards pilots coming down as often as wno saw the wonderlul aero- himself. He was a trifle over half an hour ahead as the train steamed into Kankakee. Brookins' note had been pick- ed up by a sky-gazer, and was delivered. Then began a mighty burst of speed on the part of the train. It coursed the rails in re- cord time in an effort to reach Gilman before the aeroplane, but the effort was fruitless. When Gilman was reached the aero- plane was seen over in a corn- field Brookins had come down more than half an hour before, in obedience to orders from Wilbur Wright to alight at that place. The train waited until the gas- oline tanks were filled and the mechanical bird again had lift- ed its half-ton of weight into the air. EXCITING RACE IS ON Immediately began the most exciting race Illinois has ever seen. The villagers along the route saw the spectacle of an iron horse and a canvass and spruce bird running a neck and neck race. Gluing their gaze to the car windows, the guests on fresh supply of oil. He alighted in a meadow owned by F. W. Obermiller, who said, "It is the proudest day of my life." IN SIGHT OF CAPITOL Up it soared again when the tank was filled, and after travel- ing evenly ahead of the train in a course parallel with the trad for some three miles Brooklrm [flicked his rudder, the big White wings soared up to 2,000 feet and the aviator got a view of the capitol at Springfield. He aimed the prow of his air veel straight at 1he shining mark and shot true as an arrow at the statehouse dome. Now the paths of the aeroplane and the train diverged. From Its windows the passengers could see Brookins, at the height of a cloud, bearing down upon the state fair grounds in the dist- ance. The wind had abated, his speed was greater and he flew at 45 miles an hour. When the special passed Starne, a siding three miles from the Springfield depot, the cloud navigator could be seen poised above the dome thoy liLra, .n, making' the trip lane that had wrested domin- the special train caught out of building. He turned with a flash ..... "m--'h-rs as taev desk ion of the air from the eagles the tail of their eyes glimpses of wings, and in a beautiful last as a- ..v_ . -. " and hawks had seen the prairie of the human albatross skim- spiral corkscrew shot down to ed. It was a tremendous ctimax . ' ...... in the air with schooners tautog over tne plans ruing ahead of the engine to one earth in the presence of one of to the exploits ....... i o *he latest thing in transpor- side of the tracks, the greatest crowds ever as. n had thrilled Urn-  " which 'Brooki s .... t*otion in nioneer days. Others By a great burst of speed the sembled on the fair grounds. In ' r eago Tuesday and We_dne_saay  [had seen the first trip of the first locomotive, after nine miles of AT CRAFT'S DESCEITr the preliminaries to TleJt. oru'],oo m en,ine in Illinois, the furious running, managed to The crowds swarmed the Herald Chicago-to-Springnela en- ! ..... d .... t great achievement of.only a few crawl .up. under the aeroplane at grounds and overflowed the in- urance iligflr. ,ecades aeo Lven me younger Tnawvllle, out wren the train olrcs,ra  vh, r,, tv,l* It waft ILLINOIS' NEW AIR .oLINE . Irememt)ered "when the aclvent.of stopped the air n.avigator.pulled wi"(h'di'fficu'it-tha''rak'i An air line in Illinois. . w,2tbe,] ttie trolley car was a new. striae, tut ........ aneaa, rne wings or ms ma. could find a st)at to alights,_ that__ to-da s' history-making, race _[" forward in transportation, ..... whlle,chine ................................ gleaming and ghstenmg In wa nnt ovaxdorl with h,mni?v Y " f the air a,u . one recalled the as- the sunsnine ' nc "n e't tween the ship o ..... ]nearly every ..... ] On every emme e I the 1 y, the steed of the rails. W?enrai[ vent of the autmolllomart/ggt IN BURST OF SPEED from the statehouse dome to the lowed by the Illinois ..... asia new era in rad .- z I Then ensued a five.mile race top of the grandstand at the fair much exactne  s ont lO or a years th Road with as . --e "lhat wa Y " ., at will not be soon forgotten grounds, spectators gazed a the tcher knew to the klna It was, in very truth, and at train dispa .... d ered " . _ " . ._ the end of the five miles ors pressed forward to te big the position of tle aeroplane an the poetry ot mouon, ana iLs ap- it was in its original position machine and sought to touch its the time it was making, peal to the nagination was evi- ahead of the train, canvas wings. The local police The Daylight Special, pet train dent in every upturned face. of the road, was turned into an aeroplane special. With high officials of the railroad aboard it steamed along under instruc- tions to wait every time Brookins found it necessary to descend, and to slow down if it distanced the aviator. Two halts were necessary, at Gilman and Mount Pulaski, where Brookins descended for oil, to the great astonihm,ent of the residents, but as for slow- ing up" the engineer had rather to throw open the throttle than to apply the brakes AEROPLANE VERSUS STEAM WRIGHT FOLLOWS FLIGHT One of the most interested spectators of the flight was Wil- bur Wright, pioneer in the art of sailing heavier-than-air craft As a guest of The Record-Her- ald special, he followed Brookinsl From then on to Gibson City, it was an even race, the advant- age lying on neither side until 10 miles out of Gibson, when the train struck a grade that enabl- ed it to hit the rails at 80 miles an hour. At Clinton the aeroplane had were powerless, and it was only the timely alTival of Wilbur Wright and a large force of news. aper reporters from Chicago and pringfield, who at once assum- ed the role of policemen, that the biplane was saved from in- jury. until the stop at Gilman and a/t-', made up considerable time. The ierward kept his neck craned atltrain waited there 10 minutes the window watching the skill of i and when it pulled out Brookin his protege, the air voyageur, was gliding into the wind far With Wright rode Roy Knaben- ahead. Neck and neck it continu- shue, veteran aeronaut, who is ed to Mount Pulaski, where superintendent of the exhibition Brookins descended again for a department of the Wright broth- ers' factory at Dayton, Ohio. Sailing out of Chicago on the HIDRD GATI-IED AVIATOR NOT FATIGUED Brookins was standing on guard at his machine as the ar- rivals from the special train ap- peared on the scene. He seemed as fresh as if he had just stepped out of a barber's chair. Brooklns made two stops for to perform his The race was exciting, absorb- wind of the morning, in the pres- that an aero ing. The mere fact . . -" ence of many thousands of spe- IN STATE plane and a railroad am Was s tators in .W.ashington , t-arK, .lay for Illinois. in a speed contest in ltsetx w Brookins naa obtameo, a l eau ot at of 1 000 feet enough to make it a unique an nearly an hour over "t'ne ttecora- Brookins made interesting sporting propositi2" Herall Special. It .had b.n sup- 'the meadow in When, however, to this was au. posed that the train wou.ia eaten to the race ed the fact that the two spa2 un without trouble, but the aero- Irounds here in eliminators traveled side byflid[ plane proved so fleet-winged that nine minutes, so to speak a great part ot t.-=isteam and iron pounuing along '-four minutes way, the excitement caused OYlo n steel rails found it impss- and at Mount Pu- the'race took on sensational pro-] ible to catch the human hawK. aviator descend- portions ........ I aAINST STRONG WIND xor the special It was a genuine thruL r''l ":-'--30 miles Brookins main- m fresh supplies the windows the g.u.ests on f-.#-]tan"ed his lead without lagging. me nrst le.g trt Record-Herald Slxat car .Y.P'_I ..... n" wind then caused him made a sustained echanical bird gliolng/ uo ,... see the m " - ^ -^ ose a trifle, although his x-Iour miles--the[ and soaring, now leepmg a- | o  ...... '*e ninions still hLs startln e train, now taRmg|spreaumg -- ..... v . . ,., " " g breast of th " - .... ,-^-^ ,;, through the air with- n the second behind a mile or twa---wnen..m_l_'..'f :%',,tible diminution of .daunt Pulaski, winds were hard.--now ..salang_/.U^d.Vk'ankakee he dropped t was eighty- far ahead of the locomouve, ",jP_,: =/erboard saying that the !most another the train slowed up at stations/a_a'cn * was orking like a tng records100 and Brookins glided a thousana,',,h ,nfl that he was enjoyin feet or so down an aerial to-- .......... TO WITNESS FIRST AIPLANE LANDING Here in the year 1961 It is commonplace to see a number of airplanes, jets, and other kinds, flying over Mount Pulaski daily. But, that was not the case one. half century ago. On Sept. 29, 1910, a date no- body in central Illinois had ever before seen a plane in flight, the Wright Brothers biplane was flown from Chicago to the Ill- nois State Fair grounds in Spring- field, with Walter Brookins at the controls. This flight was an historic event in the entire world, and Mt Pulaski was greatly honored at being a part of it. gasoline on this history making trip through the air, first at Gil- man and then in Mount Pulaski, People all along the line of the Illinois Central railroad had been alerted to this trip, and like other points, hundreds of people had gathered in Mount Pulaski to ace their first sight of a "flying ma- chine." It was a great historical event for Mount Pulaskians be. cause they were able to examine the plane. The machine lost a wheel in the take-off for Spring- field and the Wright Bros. took it with them on the train to Springfield. r. One who believe a motorist should drive as if he owned the car, not the road. PLANE as it was preparing for takeoff from Chicago, with of city shown in background., The epoch-making flight from Chicago took place on Sept. 29, 1910. Walter Brookins was the young man who piloted the plane in a race with the Illinois Centrars fast Daylight Special. --Photo Courtesy of Chicago American.