Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Airshow crash, Winnipeg, 1912

Larry Milberry, Aviation in Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1979
George Mestach, a famous French flier who had come over to North America to participate in aviation events, crashed his Morane monoplane at Winnipeg after encountering wind gusts during take off July 11, 1912.  Three months later during the Chicago Air Show, he was nearly killed in the same aircraft when he and Howard Gill tangled in a mid-air crash. The aircraft was repaired again and flown for awhile by Earl Daugherty, an American pilot. The plane is now on display at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

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