Clifford Harmon - the New York

The June 5, 1909 national championship balloon race hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had a field packed with talented competitors. This image is of Clifford Harmon, assistant to Pilot A. Holland Forbes in the New York balloon.  Harmon was extremely accomplished in aviation and went on to establish the prestigious Harmon Trophy in 1926.  This image appeared in the June 4, 1909 Indianapolis News with photos of other pilots and their assistants. Below are links to those photos as well as others of the competitors that were published in the Indianapolis Star the same day.


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