AERONAUTICS: General Mitchell's Smash

After a test flight in a Curtiss single-seater pursuit airplane at Mineola, Brigadier General William Mitchell, Assistant Chief of Air Service, met with an accident on landing which might have had serious consequences. The landing gear or undercarriage of the plane struck a rut and broke; the machine did not overturn, however, and the General, with the promptness of a cavalryman, released his safety belt and jumped out, escaping with a severe shaking up.

The plane undergoing test was a modified form of a similar plane that won the Pulitzer race at...

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