AERONAUTICS: Sperry Drowned

Lawrence B. Sperry was a son of Elmer Sperry, famed inventor of many gyroscopic appliances. Scarcely 30, he had achieved a reputation almost equal to that of his father. In 1914 in France, he won a 10,000-franc prize, flying a plane so stabilized by the Sperry automatic pilot, that a mechanic walked out on the wing while the pilot left the machine entirely to its own control. The first man to loop a hydroplane, the first to instal a radio set in an airplane, he was carving a brilliant career as a designer...

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