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Today’s Google Doodle features the search engine’s name spelled out as a swirly flight path with the a portrait of Bessie Coleman, a famous aviatrix, to celebrate the pioneering aviator’s 125th birthday. Coleman is the first woman of both African-American and Native American descent to hold a pilot’s license.
To the point: A salute to brevity!
By Ralph McCormick
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the end of the ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That speech has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. There are just two hundred sixty-six words in the speech.
I know many people, who believe that more words produce a better document, preach an enhanced sermon, teach a superior class, and communicate a sincere message to a friend. It is not the length of a speech, but the brevity and substance of it that sticks with the heart. Lincoln’s message is still with us after all these years. When ones message is long; boredom sets in and the mind falls to sleep. Keep it short and simple but direct and to the point.
This is the Gettysburg Address:
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work, which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
We had a visitor on Thursday. The flight was a simulated air drop over Ouray. This area is much like foreign mountainous countries where the Air Force has to fly. The plane was a C-17 Cargo plane. It is a very large cargo plane which can hold two tanks, several airplanes (wings removed) and many troops. It was good to see a fine performance of our military that was give us today. It was a perfect decent from high altitudes through the valley between the mountains and a perfect drop of goods onto Ouray. Unfortunately, I had a camera malfunction after only a few shots. It was amazing to watch the precision with which the pilot brought the planes through the valleys and out the north end of town.
On this date, August 23, 1938, the Gwinn’s Aircar crashed and killed two.
Gwinn had designed what he deemed was a safe, roadable airplane after two years of dedicated research and development, and in 1935 he organized the Gwinn Aircar Company Inc. in Buffalo, serving as the new firm’s president and chief engineer. Two years later, the prototype Gwinn Aircar was completed and test-flown by Richard K. Bennett, who also gave well-known aviator Frank Hawks the chance to test the new plane. After Hawks flew the Aircar in Buffalo, he was so enthusiastic about its performance that he agreed to become Gwinn Aircar’s vice president in charge of sales.
The Gwinn Aircar Company of Buffalo, NY was formed in 1935 by Joseph M Gwinn, Jr, former Chief Engineer at Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. The ‘Aircar’ was designed as a ‘foolproof’ airplane that would be simple and, above all, safe to fly since it would neither stall nor spin. The aircraft first flew in early 1937 and received Civil Aeronautics Authority Approved Type Certificate 682. Gwinn hired Frank Hawks, racing pilot and record setter, and Nancy (Harkness) Love, another famous pilot, to tour the country demonstrating the aircraft. On 23 August 1938, Hawk failed to clear high tension power lines while taking off in the Aircar and was killed in the resulting crash. Gwinn suspended production and closed the Aircar plant.