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Wright Brothers Fly at the Nebraska State Fair, 1910


Article from the Lincoln Star, August 31, 1910:

To Fly at State Fair Grounds--A Wright Brothers' Aeroplane
With a single exception, the state fair board has arranged for the first aviation exhibition which has ever been held in Nebraska and is the first to bring to Nebraska representatives of the originators of successful aviation in America. Wright aeroplanes will be used during five days of the fair. Four flights will be made each day, two between 10 a.m. and noon and two between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The aviators have become so expert in all kinds of weather that these flights are almost assured except in extremely bad weather. The first flights will be made Monday, the first day of the fair.

The attraction is distinctly expensive. The contract for the five days calls for payment of $10,000. This is at the rate of $500 a flight. This amount will be forfeited for each flight that is not made. The ascent of the aeroplane is made only after a short run along the ground or a platform. The starting place will be within the center field of the race track. Landings will be made in the same area. The manner of handling the crowds for the morning flights has not been determined. In the afternoon, the grandstand will probably be filled for the races and as the flights will be made before the racing card is run off the crowds will get double value for their money.

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