In a competition for model airplanes conducted by the French Air Ministry, a 16-year-old boy, Gaston Beaulieux, did well. His wonderful model, with a few strands of twisted rubber driving a tiny propeller, was released from a captive balloon at a height of over 600 feet, went up in regular circles to a height of 1,500 feet and disappeared from view in the direction of Versailles. A search was conducted for the tiny airplane.


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