Barnstorming in Sanpete

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1986
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Barnstorming in Sanpete
Description Eventually Mr. Smith returned to his wrecked plane. He was dressed in a typical pilot's outfit for the period, something like knickerbockers with leather leggings. The man's little mustache couldn't hide the sick expression that engulfed his face when he saw the ink and pencil signatures that covered his prized possession. The twelve-to-fourteen-foot plane was probably hauled into town on a hay wagon and then sent to Salt Lake by train or on a truck.5 Apparently the plane crash was only a temporary setback for pilot Frank Smith because he was back in Sanpete for the 1921 County Fair. The fair committee, under Glen A, Jensen and David Shand, focused the publicity on "Frank Dorbant, Stunter, and Rex Smith, daring aviators doing their 'Dare Devil' stunts on a swiftly moving areoplane (sic)/ The air show seemed to attract more attention than the other activities planned for the fair: a livestock and agricultural exhibit, the ram sale, twenty fast race horses, the two big bands, a fireworks display, the nightly wrestling matches, bulldogging, roping, and riding. On the opening day of Sanpete County's Eighth Annual Fair, Wednesday, September 7, 1921, a large crowd of people turned out for the occasion» A dense mass of spectators lined up around the plane* Manti Messenger editor S. Peter Peterson described the take-off: When the propeller was set in motion to "warm up," such a cyclone was set in motion at the rear of the machine that dust, hats, fleeing children, excited mothers, and befuddled dads were set whirling to the. rear .and the sides to the great amusement of their more fortunate companions. The machine took off with a majestic sweep not unlike the soaring of a great eagle which spreads its wings and sweeps into the air with apparently no effort.? After the aircraft circled the Fair Grounds a few tiraes, stunter Frank Dorbant climbed on top of the plane. At an elevation of nearly 200 feet, the man began a series of wild stunts. When he suspended 88
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325665
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