Manuscripts/Mixed Material Bulletins, from October 5, 1908 to December 28, 1908
The Weiller syndicate has conceded that the flights have fulfilled conditions and have paid the first instalment of 250,000 francs to Wright.
On Oct. 15 two flights were made of 1 minute, 38 sec. and 2 minutes, 35 seconds, carrying first Mercanti and second Rene Gasnier, who was in the Gordon Bennett race from St. Louis last year. Wright stopped his motor when at a height of 60 ft. and made a smooth glide to earth.
On Oct. 21 Wilbur Wright made a flight of 6 minutes, 40 seconds, covering 17 kilometers in a strong wind. On Oct. 23 he made another flight of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, following which were flights carrying a passenger of 3 minutes, 17 seconds; 4 minutes, 58 seconds, and 3 minutes, 2 seconds.
On Oct. 28 Count de Lambert began his lessons as an apprentice-aviator. For his first lesson he had three flights of 12, 8, and 15 minutes. On the following day the master and pupil made three more, 7 minutes, 5 seconds; 17 minutes, 34 seconds, and 19 minutes, 25 seconds respectively.
On Oct. 30 one of the connecting rods of the motor broke and smashed through the crank case, while the machine was in mid-air. The descent, however, was made without trouble. In a recent interview Wilbur Wright stated that the success of his machine was especially due to the high efficiency of its propellers, and that light motors were not essential and flight could as well be attained with a steam engine . He claims 70 per cent efficiency for his propellers.