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German Flyer, Ernst Udet, Is Sensation of Cleveland Races
German Flyer, Ernst Udet, Is Sensation of Cleveland Races
The Coshocton Tribune - Thursday, September 03, 1931
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21 July 2007
German Flyer, Ernst Udet, Is Sensation of Cleveland Races

German Flyer, Ernst Udet, Is Sensation of Cleveland Races

By EDWARD B. LOCKETT
I. N. S. Staff Correspondent.

CLEVELAND, O., Sept. 3.óGermany's ace of aces, Major Ernst Udet, is far and away the feature of America's national air races.
An intrepid, stocky chap, Udet goes up daily in his seven-year-old special-built Flamingo biplane and does tricks you wouldn't believe were possible.
For instance, he doesn't take off as does the ordinary fliers. He slides along the ground on one wheel and one wing, and finally craw-fishes into the air. His "ship" is a low powered machine, and he climbs it slowly, straight into the air up to the altitude of 50 feet, and goes into a loop. While the spectators hold their breath, he floats down, turns right side up and clips the grass as he straightens her out and goes into a series of amazing gyrations he modestly calls "stunting."
Udet is the only flier of the air races thus far who has persistently drawn thunderous applause from a decidedly air-minded, blase audience.
The German major, who sent 62 allied fliers flaming to earth during the World war, said he gained his stunting ability "playing with gliders." All his life, he said, he wanted to fly, and when gliders were invented he lost no time in getting one.
"They don't always come down right side up, these gliders," he said, laughing. "But if one learns to fly a glider, he will learn a great deal about flying. It is a great enjoyment to fly a plane."
Udet thinks American fliers are the most "sporting" aviators in the world, and he believes America is the future aerial leader of the world.
"You have faster fighting planes here than any other country," he said.
"You have youth flying those planes which will not be denied, and in whom there is unbounded enthusiasm."
The German ace thinks the next war will unquestionably be fought in the air.
"Aviation has become the predominant fighting factor of the modern world," he said. "To the best aviators will go the next war. Inevitably, the next war will be fought in the air."
Major Udet speaks English in a careful, precise way, but understands the language only when it is spoken slowly and with careful pronunciation. The only American slang he knows is the saying "So's your old man."
He says he is having a great time in this country.
"I like your country," he said. "It was nice to meet American fliers against whom I fought in the World war. The meeting held no trace of bitterness. We were each glad to see worthy foes."
Udet met one of his foes in the person of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, greatest living American ace, who shot down 28 enemy planes during the World war. He and Rickenbacker shook hands here for the first time since, above the fields of France, they circled and dove for an opportunity to pour a stream of machine gun bullets into each other.
Major Udet is one of the group of European aerial aces brot [sic] over by Al Williams, former Lieutenant and speed king of the American navy. All of the Williams team have given the spectators a thrill, but Udet with his hair-raising stunts in his tiny red plane has become the outstanding favorite of the spectators.
Flying upside down and sidewise aren't the only talents Udet has either. He is a skilful artist with pen and ink and has done some life-like portraits of some of the entrants in the air races.

The Coshocton Tribune - Thursday, September 03, 1931



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