The Evening Journal from Wilmington, Delaware on December 14, 1928 · Page 47
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The Evening Journal from Wilmington, Delaware · Page 47

Wilmington, Delaware
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Friday, December 14, 1928
Page 47
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i THE EVENING JOURNAL WILMINGTON. DELAWARE. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14. 1928 FORTY-SEVEN FLIGHT WITH WILBUR WRIGHT GAVE WOMAN FIRST AIR HONOR By MINOTT SAUNDERS NEA Service Writer PARIS. Dec. H.-With something cf the pride and distinction which Orvllle Wright must feel this month, looking back 25 years to the Wright brothers' first ; successful airplane flight, an American woman, Mrs. Edith Ogllvy-Druce, looks back 20 years to the day when she became the first woman ever to fly In an airplane. I "Aviation always Interested women," recalled Mrs. Druce, who, as Mrs. Hart O. Berg, flew at Le Mans, France, with Wilbur Wright on October 7, 1908. "We loved the thrill and the romance of it and I am glad to-lng abreast with flying progress, and see that my younger sisters are keep-not only flying themselves but undertaking courageous exploits." Still Aviation Enthusiast In her fashionable apartment in chj Champs Elysees, Mrs. Druce still love3 to talk flying and recall the proud day when she .made aviation history. She also claims that on that day she Inspired a new fashion u. women's dress the hobble-skirt, "Yes, I was the first woman ever to fly," she said, "although others have claimed the dlstinctlon.. It came about this way. I was at th&t time married to Mr, Berg, who was a business associate of the Wright brothers. On October 7, 1908, we drove out to the Camp d'Avours from the Hotel du Dauphin, Le Mans, where all we flying enthusiasts were staying except Mr. Wright, who slept in the hangar with his plane. "I wore the same dress in which I had gone to luncheon, To my surprise, Mr. Wright asked me If I would like to take a flight. I was thrilled at the prospect much too thrilled even to feel nervous. rrepared for Flight "I quickly tied a veil over my large hat and a string around, my very long, wide skirt below the knees to prevent it flapping In the breeze. I sat bedde Mr. Wright, :... "The machine was fastened to ropes attached to weights In order to give impetus to the plane, which should have shot cff along a rail at 60 kilometres an hour, In the first attempt Mr. Wright somehow neglected to release the rope, so we did not leave the ground. "We tried again, however, and this time all went well. We rose 30 feet and flew for two and a half minutes! "How times have changed! Enthusiasm over an aviation exploit has developed as strikingly as the planes themselves. The few people who had gathered on the ground to watch my jugni were cnieny rnends of my chaffeur, who boasted In a nearby cafe that,I was about to fly. They rusnea up and congratulated us on a beautiful landing. "The thing that strikes me most now, locking back over those pioneer cuys. is me ex.reme simplicity with wmci we took it all. Newspapers might have published special editions snd poor Mr. Wrieht and mvseif -J "Ml ft " -c ( TV, V 4 Use Your Credit Now! Via w am imp MERICAN UTO STORES CO. 8 Open Evenings g Until 1 Christmas ! I 11TH & TATNALL STREETS ran 11 A tk I JL ) III And Enjoy America's Greatest 0 1 Radio In Your Home This Xmas o v !. X7 Mrs. Edith Ogilvy-Druce, then Mrs. Hart O. Berg, here Is shown with the late Wilbur Wright Just before they took off from Le Mans, France, for a two and a half minutes flight at the breath-taking altitude of 30 feet! Note the cord which held the passenger's long skirts as she sat on the open seat. Lower right Is the old "pusher" biplane In flight; left, Mrs. Druce as she appears today. After a Thorough Survey of the Radio Field We Selected Steinite as the Finest Addition to Our Radio Department ! cd by all the banquets we would have had to eat. But at the time, the event stirred only our lltle circle. "One of the spectators of that light was a Paris dressmaker who, wl'h a few strckes of a pencil, sketched my dress, which, though it looks very queer In the photograph today, was the latest fashion and considered terribly smart. The string around the buttom had not been untied and the new curves were sketched in. Thus was born the hobble-skirt." Mrs. Druce who was bora in California has many memories of the late Wilbur Wright. She said whimsically: "He was a teetotaler, and when in Prance would not even drink wine. Yet the poor man died from typhoid would have had our digestions ruin- fever through drinking water." IDA L. BALDWIN Ladies' SHOES and HOSIERY Useful Christmas Gifts Shoes, Galoshes, Hosiery, Boudoir Slippers, Handkerchiefs, Shoe Buckles, Fancy Mesh Bags. 830 MARKET STREET, WIL., DEL. Open Sat. Evening Before Christmas. 8 O'clock Other Evenings. Tm RAM KNOW STEINITE'S SUPERIORITY ilM' 804 king ,st. run ,Mm.m&mf&& ji. 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