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Brindley's Feats Awed Thousand

 Chicago International Meet 1911

Athens County Boys Sensation of International
Aviation Meet.
Unidentified Newsclipping, August 12-20, 1911

Oscar Brindley

Oscar Brindley

     A former Athens county Ohio boy, Oscar A. Brindley, is now winning a national reputation as an aviator by his exploits in a Wright Bi-plane at the International aviation meet at Chicago.

     Several days ago Brindley, who is the son of Martin Brindley, who lives near Downingtown? and the Athens county line, made a great record at the Chicago meet by reaching the height of nearly 6000 feet and remaining at that altutude for nearly three hours. He remained in the air until all of the other aviators had landed and darkness had fallen. Great fires were lighted to show him the location of the park before he could alight. For nearly three hours, he rocked in a 40-mile gale nearly 5000 feet over Lake Michigan and his feats thrilled thousands of Chicago people. Chicago papers carried great stories of his feat. His achievement was regarded as the feature of the meet up to yesterday and he was widely complimented on his judgement and care in handling his machine. He was paid at the rate of $2 per minute for his flight-quite a tidy sum.

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Oscar Brindley

Oscar Brindley, of the American Airlines, and the Aeroplane he piloted to victory at the Chicago Meet , August 12-20, 1911

Oscar Brindley at the Chicago Meet , 1911

     Although a very young man Brindley is regarded by the Wright Brothers as one of their best aviators and he was chosen as one of a team of four out of 160 pupils taught by the Wrights. Young Brindley is 26 years old and unmarried. He was reared near the Athens county line below Albany and for several years worked as a mechanical engineer in Nelsonville, Columbus and Dayton. He has been flying only since last May and made his first flight after a three hour trip with a Wright instructor. He is now associated with the American Aviators, of Atlanta, Georgia.



Brindley's Flight Well Worth Seeing

Unidentified Newsclipping, 1911 - 1912

     With a buzz which startled some of the horses in the 2:14 pace as they were scoring for the first heat, Oscar Brindley skated along the interior of the track at the fair grounds yesterday and gracefully ascended into the air with his Wright biplane, it being the opening of the biggest free attraction the Fox River Valley fair ever offered. One of the most experienced air men of the country, he having finished the training school just as Cal Rodgers entered, Brindley gave an exhibition of what the air craft will do.

    His is not one of those daring acts---he wants to live. He gives a practical exhibition of what the craft can do. Shooting southwest he ascended to a height of probably 500 feet and then turned, he headed against the wind, sailing out over the exhibition building and then returned. Four times he made the trip, each time going a little higher. Then as he approached the grand stand he shot the head of his machine straight into the air and went upward. he climbed until 1,800 feet high and then circled.

     With the eyes of the throng upon him he suddenly started a spiral dip, came part way down, stopped, and again resumed his journey to earth. At all times he had his machine under perfect control.

     He touched the ground as lightly as he left it, gliding along until in front of his tent when the flyer was stopped and then sent in motion again as he swung it around ready to be run under the canvas. Even though people may have seen air ships in action heretofore the exhibition is well worth the price of admission to the fair. He will fly today and tomorrow.

     Mr. Brindley is a quiet, unassuming sort of a person, and while he is recognized as one of the big flyers of the country he does not appear to feel the part. The machine is on exhibition at the fair grounds.


Fox River Valley Fair

Unidentified Newsclipping, 1911 - 1912

     While every one ws greatly disappointed over the inclement weather there was one attraction that made their hearts rejoice, and that was the excellent exhibition flight made by Aviator Oscar Brindley of Columbus, O., in his Model B., Wright bi-plane. Mr. Brindley soared into the air after a pretty start from the north end of the centerfield at about 1:45 o'clock. He was in the air about twelve minutes, during whch time he described numerous pretty evolutions and attained a height of about two thousand feet. The manner in which he caused the big heavier-than-air machine to glide when making his preliminary descent was a beautiful sight, the bi-plane responding as gracefully to the tugging of the lever wires as a large bird in flight.
     Modest and unassuming, but of pleasing personality, Mr. Brindley at once made lasting friends with those who were fortunate enough to be able to command a portion of his time, which was not spent in talking about himself or his achievements, but the construction of the machine, its various points of interest and about other fellows in the business. Mr. Brindley is managed by William Jim Gabriel, an old show man, who has proven himself one of the most successful prmoters of the flhying game of any person in the business today. Mr. Gagriel is as distant as pay day when a guy's broke, but when he opens up his conversation is of a calibre that amuses and entertains. He is a man of wide experience and knows every angle of the flying game, except what to do in the air. He's never been there and does not intend to learn. Several hundred persons paid a small admission fee to the hangar just north of the judge's stand and spent considerable time in inspecting the flier and conversing with the machanician, who courteously explained such questions regardsin it as were put to him.
     Aviator Brindley will be seen in flights on Friday and if the weather is propitious he promises Appleton people an exhibition they will long remember.
     The horse races, both of whch were won in three straight heats, furnished little interest or entertainment other than the usual diversion that such events afford. The first heat, however, of the 2:24 pace developed a pretty neck and neck finish between Searchletta, Anna Klawatah and Black Pattie. The three horses came under the wire not jore than five yards behind each other. The final heat of the same race was driven in the rain.


The First Airplane Flight

Corpus Christi Texas
by Murphy Givens
Sept. 16, 1998

The First Airplane Flight -- thrilled the city on July 3 and July 4, 1911, when the Wright Brothers' company held a public exhibition on North Beach. This was eight years after the Wrights' first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
   In the Corpus Christi demonstration, pioneer aviator Oscar Brindley asked for a volunteer from the audience. The volunteer was real-estate agent F. Z. Bishop (founder of Bishop). The pilot wanted another volunteer because Bishop weighed about 230 pounds, but he finally agreed to let him fly. Bishop climbed into the biplane and said, "Real estate is going up!"
   The Caller in the next edition said in a headline, "F.Z. Bishop Heaviest Passenger Ever Handled In A Flying Machine." It noted that Brindley set a world record for taking a man of that weight up to a dizzying altitude of 2,500 feet.


Brindley Wins Trophy And $1,000

Morris Near Death in Fruitless Air Dash




November 1, 1915

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Oscar Brindley
 Oscar A. Brindley Winner of the National  Aerial Sweepstakes, Top, and Below,
Raymond V. Morris Who in a Sensational FLight Yesterday Failed by Nineteen Miles
to Defeat Brindley for that $5000 Trophy
and $1000 Prize
Oscar Brindley

     In what was probably the most sensational aeroplane race ever held in America, Raymond V. Morris, instructor at the Curtiss school of aviation, was defeated yesterday by less than nineteen miles by Oscar Brindley in the national competition for the Curtiss marine flying trophy, valued at $5000, and an additional purse of $1000.

     Brindley covered in his flight last Wednesday 554 miles, but his corrected mileage through being penalized by flying over a broken course was 526.2 miles. The corrected mileage of Morris was 507.8 miles.

     No more dare-devil flying probably was witnessed in this country than the wonderful exhibition given by Morris yesterday. For minutes at a time he plunged through fog banks at 65 miles an hour although he could see barely 50 feet ahead. Twice he had a miraculous escape from death, once when he plunged into the sea, and was buffeted about like a cork in the breakers, and once, when in turning at the control station at San Juan Capistrano point he missed hitting the headlands by scarcely three feet when he became confused in his course by the thick fog.

     The most heartbreaking incident of the day's flight came at sunset, when with just twenty-four more miles to go to win and while speeding at 70 miles an hour with the wind at his back, the sun sank behind the western horizon. Under the rules of the contest, the winner must make five more miles than the next nearest contestant, while the contest closed at sunset on October 31.
Fog Dash Perilous

     Morris, carrying James Johnson as passenger, ascended from the control station at North Island at 7:30 o'clock and for ten minutes circled over the bay to gain altitude and to warm up the powerful 100 horsepower engine. He crossed the starting point line at exactly 7:40 o'clock and sped out to sea at a mile a minute clip. He made the first lap between Capistrano and the North Island control station in 2 hours and 8 minutes. Cutting a sharp circle Morris, without stopping for fuel, again struck across North Island for the sea.

     In returning from Capistrano on his second lap and while several miles north of La Jolla, engine trouble developed compelling Morris to volplane quickly to the surface of the ocean. He landed just inside the line of breakers and when the frail car and water craft began to rock and pitch, Johnson, the passenger, became seasick, necessitating Morris leaving the control wheel and repairing the engine himself. He lost nearly half an hour and did not descend at the North Island control station for fuel until 12:15 p.m. He lost forty more minutes there taking on water, gasoline and overhauling the motor.

     Morris by this time realized that he would have to drive hard to beat Brindley, and, throwing caution to the winds, he opened the throttle wide. Plunging through the now fast gathering fog sweeping in from seaward, Morris flew up the coast at an altitude of less than 400 feet, taking a chance on his motor's working perfectly. Off La Jolla the fog banks completely obscured him, and it was only when nearing Capistrano that he caught a glimpse of a familiar spot on shore to guide him. Again the fog closed in and when Morris turned at Capistrano, at what he thought a safe angle, he sighted land just in time to twist the wheel and escape plunging, head-on into a high embankment.
     Instead of being unnerved by this narrow escape, Morris struck out............


Former Columbus Boy Making Good In Aerial World

O. A. Brindley's latest Achievement
is Winning $5000 at
San Diego, Cal.
With ARMY Flying Corps

Was taught Aviation by Late Orville Wright and Has Made Splendid Record.
Unidentified Newsclipping, 1916


     "A prophet is not without honor save in his own country."


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Oscar Brindley


     The truth of this old saying must have come home to Oscar A. Brindley of Columbus, if he has access to Columbus papers of November 1. Brindley , for several years, has been connected with the flying corps of the Unite States army, and is at present instructor at the army school of aviation at North Island, California.

     On December 31, in competition with some of the best air pilots of the country, he won one of the most sensational aeroplane races ever staged in America, thereby annexing the Curtiss marine flying trophy, valued at $5000, and an additional purse of $1000. Beindley covered in his flight 554 miles in ten hours, but his corrected mileage, thorugh being penalized by flyhing over a broken course, was 526.2 miles. He defeated by less than 19 miles, Raymond V. Morris, who also drove a sensational

Taught By Wright

     It was evidently not known at San Diego, Cal., near which the race was staged, that Brindley is a Columbus boy, as no mention of that fact was made in amny reports of the race. Consequently, no mention of his achievement appeared in Columbus papers. He left Columbus about five years ago, to learn aviation at the Wright Bros.' school at Dayton. Prior to that time he had worked for a number of yhears as a machinist at the Jeffroy Mfg. Co., and he has a large number of friends in Columbus. Hi is now the only living aeronaut taught by the late Orville Wright. Since his graduation from the Wright School Brindley has taken part in meets in all parts of the country, and has set up a number of records. He is 31 years of age.

This Beautiful Cup

     The cup which he won at San Diego is the most costly aeronautical gift ever offered in this country. It is executed entirely in sterling silver at a cost of $5000, stannds three feet ten inches high and rests on a base of onyx. The cup is to be contested for each year until 1920, at which time it will become the permanent property of the aeronautical club which wins the most points during the five-year contest.


Cross-Continent Flight Will be Attempted

 to Demonstrate Electric Automatic Stabilizer
Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee: April 24, 1916,

San Diego, Cal., April 23. - Oscar Brindley, instructor at the United States army aviation school here, announced today he would attempt a flight from either Los Angeles or San Diego to New York city to demonstrate an electric automatic stabilizer (single axis autopilot?).
     The flight will begin about May 15 and, according to Brindley, will be completed in six days. He hopes to hold the actual time to 35 hours."



Maj. Brindley Met Tragic Death

Unidentified Newsclipping, May 2, 1917

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Oscar Brindley

Major Oscar A. Brindley

     Major Oscar A. Brindley, of the United States Signal Corps, and one of the most famous of all American aviators, was killed in a 400-foot fall at the Dayton aviation field yesterday shortly before noon. Major Brindley was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brindley, who live a short distance from Albany. He leaves besides his aged parents, three sisters, Mrs. Ray Kinney, of Columbus, Mrs. John Pierce of The Plains, and Mrs. Emma Tribe, of near Albany.
     Major Brindley was in Athens county late last summer. While in Athens he was the guest of Lieut. Carl Hibbard, with whom he once worked in Columbus as an expert machinist. Major Brindley started as a machinist some years ago, working at Nelsonville for a time and later at Columbus. He entered the flying game some years ago, and several years before the war broke out was one of the best known and most skillful aviators in the world. His fame was international.
     Last summer when here, he informed Lieut. Hibbard that he was on his way to Dayton from Washington where he had been given a commission as major in the Signal Corps. He was married some time ago to the daughter of an eastern millionaire who is interested in aviation, it is reported here. His wife was at Dayton at the time of his death. He had just returned to Dayton from Washington and had been made chief inspector of the big government aviation field near Dayton. With him at the time of his death was Colonel Henry J. Damm, also of the Signal Corps. Both men were killed. An investigation is now being made of the affair.
     Last night Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brindley were called by their daughter in Columbus and informed of their son's tragic death. The sister left last evening for Dayton. She informed her parents that the body of Major Brindley would be taken to Washington for burial with military honors.

Unidentified Newsclipping, May 5, 1919



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