5 headway had been gained to enable it to rise into the air. The race track, however, proved to be too narrow to enable it to be used for this purpose, as the ends of the wing-piece were not raised sufficiently from the ground to escape contact with the raised sides of the track. The attempt was therefore made to start the machine from the grass plot contained within the oval race track, but the attachment of the wheels proved to be too weak to stand the strain of running over rough ground, and broke before much headway had been gained. The damage was repaired next day. The machine has been placed at a higher elevation above the wheels, so that it is hoped that the next experiment may start from the race track itself, instead of from the grass lawn, as the smoother surface of the track will give a better chance for getting up the necessary initial speed.
Hammondsport, N.Y., May 17th, 1908, 8 p.m. —A preliminary trial was made this evening of the aerodrome “White Wing,” designed by F. W. Baldwin, and constructed by the Aerial Experiment Association of which Dr. A. Graham Bell is chairman. The aviator's seat was occupied by Lieut. Thomas Selfridge, U.S.A. The people of Hammondsport turned out in large numbers to witness the experiment. No attempt was made to rise into the air.
The machine had been provided with wheels, but steering gear was not attached to them, as it was thought that the aerial rudder would control the motion of the machine while on the ground. This proved insufficient for the purpose, however, for the machine could not be kept from running off the track to one side or the other. It