Manuscripts/Mixed Material Article by Alexander Graham Bell, May 17, 1908
Hammondsport, N.Y., May 18th, 1908. 5. p. m.—The aerodrome “White Wing” made a short flight here today, carrying its designer, F. W. Baldwin, to a height of about 10 feet. The pressure of the air on the elastic rear edge of the lower aeroplane caused it to f?ul the propeller, and the aerodrome was therefore brought down to the ground, after having traversed a distance of 93
The new steering gear, attached to the front wheel, worked satisfactorily, so that there is now no difficulty in keeping the machine on the race track while running on the ground. The race track has been widened by ploughing up a portion of the adjoining field and smoothing it with a roller.
Hammondsport, N. Y., May 19th, 1908 . 6, p. m.—Lieut Selfridge made two flights this afternoon in Baldwin's aerodrome, “White Wing.” In first experiment machine ran 210 feet in six and a half seconds, on race track, before leaving the ground, and made a flight of 100 feet in two seconds, at elevation of three feet, and ran 201 feet on rough ground after landing, without injury to running gear. The flight was impeded by loose any wires catching