Altoona Tribune/1930/Junior Coast-to-Coast Flight Record Seeker Lands in St. Louis

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Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) by the Associated Press in the Altoona Tribune of Altoona, Pennsylvania on 16 August 1930.jpg

Junior Coast-to-Coast Flight Record Seeker Lands in St. Louis. Eddie Schneider, 18, Continues Attempt From Stultz Field To Set New Mark. Elapsed Time 8 Hours, 38 Minutes. St. Louis, Missouri; August 15, 1930 (Associated Press) Eddie Schneider, who is attempting to set a new junior trans-continental air record, landed here at 8:04 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) today from Columbus, Ohio. Schneider reported the trip from Columbus was uneventful. Schneider's flying time since leaving Westfield, New Jersey, has been eight hours and 38 minutes. The youthful airman said he would spend the night here, probably leaving for Wichita, Kansas tomorrow morning. Columbus, Ohio; August 15, 1930. Eddie Schneider, 20, seeking to lower the transcontinental junior pilot's record, hopped off from Norton field here at 3:21 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) today for St. Louis after a 26-minute stop to refuel his plane. Schneider landed at 2:55 p.m. after a flight from Altoona, Pennsylvania] near which city he was forced down by bad weather yesterday. Elapsed time for the flight from Westfield, New Jersey to Columbus, Ohio, was five hours flat, Schneider said. A determined smile curving his lips, blonde and optimistic. Schneider, 18-year-old Jersey City, New Jersey, flier, hopped off from Stultz field, Tipton, Ohio, at 11:30 a.m. yesterday toward a transcontinental flight record. Weather conditions were favorable. No over-hanging clouds and fog-banks threatened to thwart his attempt to lower the mark set by Frank Goldborough, 19, who died in a plane crash about a month ago. Schneider came to Stutz field Thursday, after a day of perilous experience in mist-clogged mid-air. Throughout the initial stages of his journey the youthful pilot encountered only smiling skies. From 50 miles west of Reading, Pennsylvania, however he was forced down at Huntington, Pennsylvania and Water Street, Pennsylvania] resulted in torn fabric on the wings of his Cessna cabin monoplane, which was repaired before renewal of the flight yesterday morning. The entire rear section of the monoplane he is flying has been adapted for the carrying of emergency gasoline supplies, extra spark plugs] and accessories. Since only lapsed time in the air counts toward the record, he still has an excellent chance of breaking it.

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