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Lieut. Wilkins Looks Over Several Proposed Stations for Air Station.

Residents of this city gazed in awe yesterday at the sight of an army plane flying over the city, thrilling the spectators by the low flying and daring of the aviator. The sight yesterday promises to become a familiar one here following the tour of inspection which brought Lieut. Paul C. Wilkins, Headquarters United States Aviation Air Service Station, Anacosta, here yesterday to look over proposed sights in this vicinity for aviation landings.

Lt. Wilkinson arrived over this city early yesterday and flew to the Cumberland Heights where he effected a landing. He was met by Mr. J. H. Hendrickson who escorted the aviator to the office of the Chamber of Commerce where he went into conference with Franklin H. Ankeney and Lieutenant A. Hammond Amick, Jr., formerly of the aviation section of the army.

Several proposed sites in this vicinity were inspected by Lieut. Wilkins who explained that the location of a station here would make this city the junction point for the air lines from Washington and New York on the route to Dayton, Ohio, Moundsville, W. Va., and Columbus, Ohio are also to be landing stations. The landing field here will be equipped with hangars, gas and service stations and various departments to aid the flyers. The feature of the station will be the meteorology and weather bureau which will be used in determining conditions for flying.

There are several drawbacks facing the proposed establishment of the transcontinental air line. While the army air service continues to inspect the proposed landing places it is understood generally that funds for the work are lacking and no immediate appropriations are being made to carry out the project. It is suggested by army officials that the location be furnished on a lease by the cities where they are located since the establishment of the stations will bring increased business and improved mail service to these places.

After inspecting the local sites Lieut. Wilkins went to Frostburg where he inspected a site there. Lieut. Wilkins was accompanied by a mechanician. They were the guests of Lieut. Amick last evening.


Cumberland News


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Allegany College of Maryland

Cumberland (Md.) press coverage; Cumberland (Md.) Chamber of Commerce

Cumberland (Md.), 1920-1930

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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