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The Aerial Age; A Thousand Miles by Airship Over the Atlantic Ocean Airship Voyages Over the Polar Sea the Past, the Present and the Future of Aerial Navigation
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLIII NAVIGATOR SIMON's LOG One of the most interesting narratives of the voyage of the America is the one given in the log kept by F. Murray...
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLIII NAVIGATOR SIMON's LOG One of the most interesting narratives of the voyage of the America is the one given in the log kept by F. Murray Simon, the fine young British steamship officer who shared with me the work of steering the airship, keeping the dead reckoning and making astronomical observations. Mr. Simon made his entries hour by hour as we went along, and records his experiences and observations in frank and hearty sailor fashion. I give Mr. Simon's log in full: Saturday, Oct. 5, 8:05 A. M. The airship America is launched at last! It was with joyful hearts that we saw the people on land, policemen and firemen, and citizens, let go the ropes which had held us. We are thankful to get away after the last couple of weeks of deferred hope, and we are all eager for our new experiences in the air. Wellman, Vaniman, and First Assistant Engineer Loud had been flying before at Spitzbergen. They had been studying airships for years. We felt confident in their judgment, and were proud to sail with them. Jack Irwin, the wireless operator; young Aubert, the second assistant engineer, and myself were having our first trip aloft. The airship ascends slowly and gently to a height about 80 feet above the ground, the big equilibrator weighing over a ton is attached to our car and soon we are over the water. "Now," we say to ourselves, "we will make those blooming critics eat their own words. They have been hammering us for the last month, ridiculing our 'worn-out gas-bag,' an 'old coffeemill for motor,' telling us we should never leave sight of land, that the wireless plant we carried is a mere bluff, and that all the men engaged to work the ship have 'cold feet.'" I have been rather nettled as I have heard rude remarks in the hangar where the airship has been ...
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