Los Angeles, CA Pilot Cecil Allen Killed in Crash, Aug 1935
DEATH IN CRASH TO CECIL ALLEN IN THE AIR DERBY.
KILLED WHEN PLANE FAILED TO GAIN ALTITUDE IN BLINDING FOG.
AMELIA EARHART ON THE SPEED FLIGHT.
HOWARD BEATS AVERAGE TIME OF TURNER THIRTEEN AND HALF SECONDS.
Municipal Airport, Cleveland, O., Aug. 30 (AP) - Benjamin O. Howard of Chicago was the apparent winner of the $10,000 Bendix Trophy race from Los Angeles to Cleveland today, by a margin of only 13 1/2 seconds over Roscoe Turner, famed holder of the trans-continental record.
Officials of the National Air Races gave Howard's time for the 2,046 miles as 8:33:16.3, and said it was approximately 13 1/2 seconds faster than Turner's time.
Only three other fliers were still believed en route at the time Turner finished. They were Amelia Earhart, Roy Hunt and Russell Thaw. The famous woman pilot, flying a plane much slower than the other racers, had long since lost her chance to equal Howard's time, and Thaw's hopes of equaling Howard expired not long after Turner landed. Hunt and Thaw were unreported since leaving the coast.
Both Howard and Turner landed during a downpour of rain that washed out the rest of today's national air races program, and only a few hundred aviation fans were in the grandstands at the airport at the time.
Howard was flying a special racer of his own design, the "Mister Mulligan," equipped with a 550-horsepower wasp engine.
Its builder and flier, who is 31 years old, has been designing, building and flying planes for more than 10 years but seldom enters competitive events because of his regular job as an air line pilot.
Sedalia Democrat Missouri 1935-08-30