The "Baby Clipper" just before takeoff at 3:47EST May 28, 1939


OLD ORCHARD BEACH. Me. (A/P) May 28

Grim-faced, but ready to smile for photographers. Smith walked the beach for a few moments before entering theplane's cramped quarters. A short warm-up of the 65-horsepower, four cylinder, Continental engine, and he was away.He wore a tweed suit under a trench coat and was hatless.

For nearly two miles the "Baby Clipper" roared down the beach and disappeared from view in the heavymist. Finally rising, Smith swept skyward over a beach recreation pier and turned back on his takeoff course. Back-trackingover the spot he had left a few moments earlier, he then turned out to sea.

"Another Aviator Heads for Europe" Bangor Daily News,(May 29, 1939), p.1.




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