W.E. Mast

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 W.E. Mast, the originally announced assistant in the Ohio balloon. The pilot was Dr. D.H. Thompson. The Ohio competed in the handicap race ran the same day as the national championship. For reasons unknown Mast was replaced by a man referred to as "J. Blake" as Thompson's assistant. This image appeared in the June 4, 1909 Indianapolis Star with photos of other pilots and their assistants:


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