The Daily Record (Long Branch, New Jersey)/1930/Eddie Schneider Averts Chicago Airplane Crash
Eddie Schneider Averts Chicago Airplane Crash.
Eddie Schneider, young Jersey City flier, by clever handling of his light biplane [sic] averted what might have been a serious accident at the National Air Races at Chicago, yesterday. According to officials of the Curtiss-Reynolds Airport, Schneider took his plane into a dive for the ground to avoid a collision with a 20-passenger Burnelli transport plane and then pulled clear of the grandstand after the 40-foot left wing of the huge Burnelli had scraped the wing of his plane, Schneider and Don Mockler, of the Richfield Oil Corporation, were taking off for the balloon races at Cleveland and were just over the south grandstand when Mockler saw the crowd scattering below them. As a result of the "wing-scraping," Vincent Burnelli, airplane inventor, has been grounded for the duration of the meet, and the Department of Commerce has ordered his pilot not to fly for three months.
Air Races End. Curtiss-Reynolds Airport, Chicago, Illinois; September 2, 1930 (Associated Press) The 1930 edition of the National Air Races became history today with the names of four dead engraved on the records as martyrs to man's fight to master gravity. Captain Arthur Page, Jr., of Washington, D.C., noted marine flier, whose racing ship crashed down on the airport yesterday, died a few hours later. He had been leading in the speed classic of the 10 days of competition the Thompson trophy race. A native of Minnesota, Page had graduated from the Naval Academy in 1917. He was winner of the Curtiss marine trophy race in Washington recently and flying from Omaha to the navy field at Washington last June, he had set a record for "blind flight," guiding his ship entirely by radio and his instruments, At the same time Major R. W. Schroeder, chairman of the air race competitions announced that investigations of crashes during the meet had given invaluable information to an industry which seeks to advance flying in America.
Notes: Schneider was in a Cessna piper-cub, not a World War I era biplane.