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Barney, The Christie & His Pal Beachey….

This is a photo of Oldfield the showman out to do some demo laps, probably on a fair-grounds track lined with naive farmers. Oldfield, also used to team up with and race early aviator and dare devil Lincoln J. Beachey. He would pilot his airplane competing against Barney in a race around the track. These…

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Art Smith – The Life and Times of “The Comet”

Art Smith, a pioneer aviator from Fort Wayne, Indiana, began his career in flight after becoming fascinated with it in 1909 while watching a bird in flight. Comparing what he had seen while observing it, with what he had read about flight and the Wright Brothers experiences, he became instantly enamored with the idea that…

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The Nine Lives of the Fiat Cyclone Racing Car

By the time this interesting photo above of the Fiat Cyclone was taken, it had to have been in the racing game for close to seven or eight years. It was one of the cars in Barney Oldfield’s stable that he was using for his match and exhibition racing activities after Lincoln Beachey’s death. The car…

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The Barnstormers and Early Racing

Barnstorming as it is called is usually thought of in connection with airplanes. Wiki defines the beginning of Barnstorming as the follows; The Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss had early flying exhibition teams and solo flyers like Lincoln Beachey and Didier Masson also became popular before World War I in the USA, but barnstorming did not become a formal phenomenon until the 1920s. The…

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