Brookins Awes Wright Brothers

This may be the best single article covering the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's June 1910 airshow. Published in the Indianapolis Star July 17, 1910, it offers colorful accounts such as the star pilot of the Wright Brothers team, Walter Brookins, donning a green sweater to stave off the cold of winds a mile high in the sky. The Wrights confessed they were astounded at the skill of their 21-year-old pilot, who had only learned to fly weeks earlier. Also, there is an interesting image of officials using the state-of-the-art measuring instruments of the day to determine the height attained by the daring "birdmen." Well worth your time.

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