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Telegram to Benjamin Lipsner, September 4, 1918

Description:

Photocopy of a Western Union telegram sent by George L. Conner, chief clerk to Second Assistant Postmaster Otto Praeger, to Captain Benjamin B. Lipsner. The 51-word telegram was wired from Jamaica, New York, in care of Postmaster Chicago, Illinois, and was received September 4, 1918

On September 4, the day before the pathfinder New York to Chicago flight on September 5, Conner wired Captain Benjamin B. Lipsner that the gas pump on pilot Edward V. “Turk” Gardner’s plane broke on its final trial run. The mechanics expected to make repairs. “If luck is with us,” he wrote, “both Gardner and Max Miller’s planes will be ready to start tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.”

The Aero Club of America prepared compass courses for the route, along with sectional maps showing landmarks and elevations. The two pilots would have ball compasses installed in their planes.

Date:
September 4, 1918
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
25.5 x 30.5 cm (10 1/16 x 12 in.)
Museum ID:
1982.0157.714
Place:
New York

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  • Telegram to Benjamin Lipsner, September 4, 1918
  • Telegram to Benjamin Lipsner, September 4, 1918
  • Telegram to Benjamin Lipsner, September 4, 1918
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