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Building the Vision: N-B thanks city for land purchase

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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I know I have started the last few articles with some kind of comment about the weather. However, as I type this, I am looking out into my back yard, spotting a gorgeous cardinal perched in a bush heavy-laden with snow. I would be remiss, I think, if I did not weigh in on the beauty of this world and this time of year. I won't discuss any negatives. We are blessed in many ways.

That thought allows me to segue into my sincere thank-you to Mayor Connie Latimer and the City Council for their recent decision to purchase land at the airport location. As has been explained, the Federal Aviation Administration (government, in other words) had given Bill Riggins and the Nicholas/Beazley-Civic Center initiators the okay for the site of the proposed building ... in writing, I might add. Then, along came a letter that indicated that the plans were not in compliance with federal regulations, and hearts began to pound and feathers began to fall ... so to speak. In short, because of the mayor's and council's actions, our project can proceed. In addition, our new location (325 feet farther east of the originally-proposed site) may even allow better traffic flow for people who use the facility. Things always seem to have a way of working out for the best. Again, we are grateful.

As we realize, "getting the message out there" is essential for anything you are promoting, endorsing, or selling. Apparently, the Nicholas-Beazley people were well-aware of that fact, and this article which appeared in The Marshall Democrat-News on Sept. 12, 1929, tells about ads which were appearing in an important aeronautical magazine of the time:

"N-B Well Advertised

"Four Full-Page Ads Appear in Current Issue of Aero Digest

"Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company was well represented by ads in the September issue of Aero Digest, leading aeronautical journal, having four full-page displays. Two of the ads were placed by the company, the two others by the Kendall Oil Company and the LeBlond Motor Company.

"The first page ad is on page 23 and tells how two light plane records were chalked up. The photographs of D. S. (Barney) Zimmerley appear in connection with the stories of his altitude record and his long distance flight record. The ad was inserted by the Kendall Oil Company, which product Zimmerley used in both record attempts.

"On page 123 is a full page telling the world that "most of the ships at most of the shows have parts and supplies by Nicholas-Beazley." It was placed by the parts and supplies department of the company.

"The LeBlond Company, builders of the engine, which has heretofore been standard equipment in Barling NB-3 planes, carries a picture of the Barling NB-3 and one of Zimmerley, together with a map showing the route of his first flight from Brownsville, Texas, to Winnipeg, Canada. The LeBlond Company also tells the story of Zimmerley's record-making flight, which was made with a Barling NB-3 powered with a LeBlond.

"The fourth ad is on page 261 and is one placed by the Barling NB-3 department of Nicholas-Beazley. It calls attention to the fact that the Barling NB-3 monoplanes have tremendous performance beyond horse-power. It is a striking ad."

It would seem that the Nicholas-Beazley had made enough of a "mark" in the aviation community that it was able to attract not only well-qualified instructors, staff, crafters, etc., but also well-known individuals. The following article from The Marshall Democrat-News published Sept 12, 1929, tells of a heralded flier joining the company in the sales division:

"Endurance Flier Joins Nicholas-Beazley Force

"Loren Mendell Will Be One of Territory

"Salesmen for Barling NB-3 October 1

"Loren W. Mendell, at one time co-holder of the world's endurance record for refueling endurance flight, will be a territory salesman for Barling NB-3 monoplanes after October 1, it was announced today by Nicholas-Beazley airplane company officials. Mendell will have headquarters in Texas.

"Mendell and R. B. Reinhart, co-pilots, set a new record for sustained flight last July, when they kept the Angeleno in the air over Culver City, Calif., 247 hours and 43 minutes. They were known then as "the two tough hombres," which sobriquet was denied yesterday by Mendell, who said he had never designated himself and Reinhart as such.

"This record, hailed as marvelous at the time, was to stand but two days, however, because the St. Louis Robin took it and added many more hours. The record was not held long enough for the fliers to cash in on their experiences.

"Reinhart and Mendell had to land the Angeleno because a hatch was blown loose and struck the tail assembly of their plane, damaging and loosening it."

Check this out...

In the above article, the Robin of St. Louis was mentioned. Here is an article from the Aug. 29, 1929, of The Marshall Democrat-News that tells how the Robin was honored by railroad officials:

"C.A.Has a 'Robin'

"Fast Train No. 12 Has Been Named After St. Louis Plane

"The Chicago and Alton railroad has changed the name of number 12, the fast Mid-Day Limited, to the "St. Louis Robin" in honor of the plane in which Dale Jackson and Forest O'Brine established the world's endurance flight record. The St. Louis Robin arrives in Marshall at 7:03 p.m. westbound and at 11:10 a.m. eastbound.

"The train is a combination Chicago and Alton and Burlington train and affords quick passage from St. Louis to Kansas City. The Pennsylvania railroad has a train known as "The Spirit of St. Louis." It operates between St. Louis and New York."

Building the Vision appears Wednesday.

ANITA WRIGHT, Columnist
Building the Vision