Monday, October 03, 2005
American aviators are through with Spain. Paris (AP) Four disillusioned American aviators announced today they were through with Spain and furthermore, they were through with civil wars. The four - Bert Acosta, Frederick Lord, Gordon berry and Eddie Schneider - had led the Spanish socialist government's "Yankee squadron" on the Basque front in the far north. But, they said, they were not paid, and money was their only reason for joining up. The flyers protested they were given nothing but unarmed sports planes with which to fight, while Russian pilots were assigned "regular American army planes." The American warplanes were said to be machines built in Russia through contracts giving the soviet government permission to copy American models. The flyers said both the socialist and fascist air forces in Spain were staffed almost entirely by foreigners. Source: Oshkosh Northwestern; Oshkosh, Wisconsin, January 06, 1937.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Westfield, New Jersey, August 14, 1930 (AP) Eddie Schneider, 18 year old pilot took off at 5:55 am (Eastern Daylight Time) today in an attempt to set a new junior transcontinental flight record. The present record was established by the late Frank Goldsborough, who made the trip in 33 hours, 35 minutes. He plans to make his first stop at Columbus, for fuel and a second refueling stop at St. Louis. At Wichita, Kansas, he plans to to spend the night while a 250 gallon tank is fitted into his plane. The last stage of the flight will be to Alhambra, California, which he hopes to reach by tomorrow night. Source: Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio, August 14, 1930.