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Hays Free Press November 16, 2011 NEIGHBORS home and o A death-defyingair show ~ aft his death in 1956, the ing the first on Nov. 19, 1911 inspired ~IS WEEK !N unique antique was preserved the British I J. ]ka Midland blacksmith for l~osterity and today is on and reporte named John Pliska to plunge exhibit at the Midland-Odessa destination ahead with his audacious plan i!i~' ,,,~i~:~ii~i~iiiiii~ii~ airport, luggage. to conquer the clouds. F~r and away the most Killed in Texas is best remembered famous early aviator from Cody was p( as the birthplace of military the Lone Star State was Sam by his adopt aviation. Beginning in 1917, Cod' r of Bird~Jle, now known oman to view ties from the air fly reached her Mthout losing her 1913 crash, Sam sthumously hailed ~d country as a na- fthe highest rank. life i surance... RobWh!te, Agent (slz) s0 9484 RobWhite 5500 FM 2771 Page ~, Sce. 101 Kyle, Texas Kelly Field provided pilot training for the newly formed Army Air Corps, and Ran- dolph Field was later known as "The West Point of the Air." But civilian Texans' love affair with the airplane began much earlier. There are folks in parts of Central Texas who insist to this day the Wright Brothers robbed Jacob Brodbeck of his rightful place in the history books. According to local tales, the immigrant inventor coaxed a mysterious craft into the Lone Star skies in 1865 - 38 years before Kitty Hawk. During his Civil War experi- ments, Brodbeck purportedly progressed from miniature models to a full-scale version capable of sustained flight. Driven by a metal spring, the strange craft supposedly soared over the treetops be- fore losing power and drop- ping to earth like a rock. Other than vague news- paper accounts, however, no evidence exists to substantiate the word-of-mouth stories of Brodbeck's fantastic feats. In fact, he never claimed to have successfully defied the law of gravity nor did he: attempt to duplicate the stunt before his death in 1909 in Gillespie County. The main character in an-' other legend was a Delaware native, who settled at a hamlet north of Waco. Around the turn of the century, William Downing Custead is said to have completed the eight- mile round trip from Elm Mott to Tokio aboard a curious contraption equipped with a gasoline engine and several flapping wings. Once again, proof:is as flim- sy as the aircraft in question, and chances are the exciting event never happened. A true eccentric, Custead walked out on his family and a promising career to devote himself to doing absolutely nothing. The professional drifter spent his last years as a seaside her- mit combing the beaches of Hawaii. The first verified violation of Texas airspace occurred over Houston on Feb. 18, 1910. Tempted by a $20,000 purse put up by the Houston Post and a real estate developer, a Frenchman buzzed amazed onlookers in a fragile biplane. Among the awe-struck spectators were three Hous- tonians - a fireworks factory hand, a son of a rich land- owner and machinist Shorty Walker- hard at work on a flying machine of their own. Later that same year, Walker put the finishing touches on the creation he may have flown on a November after- noon. If the blue-collar daredevil ever got off the ground, he remained remarkably silent on the subject. Walker's Son swore that he never once mentioned the cloud-hopping accomplishment. John Pliska was another Eu- ropean exile with an avid in- terest in the wild blue yonder. Assisted by a friend named Coggin, he started tinkering with a light-weight plane in the 1890s and perfected an imitation bird with a steel skeleton and canvas skin. Depending upon 50 horses from a mail-order motor, Pliska made his maiden voyage in 1912 using a dry lakebed north of Midland as a runway. Other hair-raising flights followed, and he posted a personal best with a 15-min- ute excursion that reached a record altitude of 60 feet. Convinced he was pushing his luck, Pliska dismantled his marvelous machine and stored it in the rear of his blacksmith shop. Discovered Browse & post calendar events on q lztu. ree lJre .c0m j Wgt an easy: md fun ardening project Christmasr the holiday upcoming season? ~~ CHRIS How about growing a couple ii~iii~ of ceramic pots full of bloom- ing daffodils? They will look beautiful, a sort of declaration of 'spring' in the midwinter, and you can then give them as gifts to gardening friends, or add a decorative floral accent to your house. You can do this easily by a technique called 'forcing,' where you trick a plant to think that it is springtime. My choice for gardener's first forcing project: paper- white narcissi bulbs.They are not difficult, and only need a week in the dark. , Start by filling a shallow clay or plastic pot with potting soil or small gravel to the halfway mark. Place some paperwhite bulbs on top of the s0il. Crowding is okay. The more bulbs, the more dramatic the outcome. wonderful narcissi will then become a welcome addition to your perennial garden. Naturally, they will bloom in the spring again, when the ground begins to warm and the days become long again. They will return for seasons to come, announcing the be- ginning of the spring season. Happy gardening. I hope your first bulb forcing project is a success. It's easy and very rewarding! Ask Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manehaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 Usually a 6" bulb pan can hold up to 5 or 6 bulbs. Sprinkle some small gravel between the bulbs to help support them so they remain upright. Next, water the bulbs in and then place them in a dark location for one week. During this time the bulbs will begin to grow roots. After a week, place the bulb pan in a sunny or well-lit loca- tion. Within 4 weeks, the bulbs will grow green tops and produce beautiflfl, vibrant white flowers that are sweetly fragrant. Paperwhites planted every week or two will guarantee fresh flowers throughout win- ter and into the spring. After the flowers have faded, you need to cut back the flower stalks, leaving the leaves intact. 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The next his equally intrepid wife .~d the distinction of be- tional hero ( Fifty thousa up for his fu and in a bre~ tradition, th was the first history to b( military ho~ Not bad f, ville, who c( nor write. Read aboi Galveston Sl don school twister and, and close ca Hurricanes, the latest "B, Texas Histor today onlim by mailing ul Britons showed rural procession, uk with treasured .' dashing foreigner civilian in British buried with rill ors. )r a boy from Bird- uld neither read tt the Great arm, New Zon- tplosion, Waco ?2 more calamities !ls in "Tornadoes, '~ Other Disasters" '.st of This Week in " coIlection. Order at or check for $14.20 ile, P.O. Box 152, TX 77549. R_ o v Jack C. 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