AERONAUTICS: Space-Spurning Scion

Caracoling geldings in front of Fifth Avenue's sprucest barouche— distempered horseless carriages— sleek limousines—yachts, a succession of them, haughty and lithe, with these the Vanderbilts, in their generations, have spurned space. To this list of conveyances an addition was made last week—the fastest seaplane in the world. Harold Sterling, son of William K., had it built by Charles Kirkham, once of the Curtiss Company.

Of a different feather from mundane planes (which have wooden hulls, fabric wings, Liberty engines), this aristocratic bird has wings and body of duralumin—a new alloy,...

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