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Frank Coffyn's flying, swimming, crawling aeroplane...

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March 19, 1912

VALLEY SENTINEL, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1912  The front page of this issue features an article "Frank Coffyn, Whose Aeroplane Flies, Swims, Crawls" which includes a photo of Frank Coffyn with a drawing of the aeroplane. The article states that "...This machine is fitted with aluminium pontoons, which enable it to float on the water so that the aviator at will alights upon it and takes flight again like a seagull...". This was used to take aerial photographs of the islands and shipping of New York City. Wilbur Wright invited him to Dayton, Ohio, where Frank began flight instruction in 1910.
There are a couple articles pertaining to "outlaws" and "gangs" which were hiding out in mountains. Other news of the day and advertisements are within.
This is complete in 8 pages, evening browning, some small edge tears and with an irregular right margin from flaking. This issue should be handled with care.

Category: The 20th Century