Aeronautics Notes, Aug. 1, 1927

Queer Birds. On Long Island, disaster came last week to two queer mechanical birds. At Curtiss Field, the Sellars four-winged plane, weighing only 150 pounds, burst into flames when its tiny two-cylinder engine backfired, ignited some gasoline on the cockpit floor. Test Pilot Frank Cordova escaped with his life, even though his hair

and his shoes caught on fire

At Roosevelt Field, the "Flying Doughnut," a plane with four circular wings, invented by Dr. George Francis Myers, collapsed on the runway of its maiden voyage. Reason: the doughnut wings became disconnected from...

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