Saturday, January 01, 2011

Today -100: January 1, 1911: What goes up must come down

Headline of the Day -100: “Moisant and Hoxsey Dare Winds and Die.” Aviator Archibald “Arch” Hoxsey (who took Teddy Roosevelt up in a plane in October) dies in a crash near LA blamed on “holes in the air,” which was evidently a problem in 1910. Earlier in the week he had set a new altitude record (11,474 feet). (Ralph Johnstone, another pilot who had a fatal crash in November, also did so just a few days after setting an altitude record. There’s probably a lesson in there somewhere.)

And in Louisiana, another famous aviator, John Moisant, was thrown from his plane, broke his neck and died.

32 people died in airplane crashes in 1910.

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