100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Aviator Crashes In Michigan

Hillery Beachey was born in 1885 in San Francisco, California. His brother Lincoln was born 2 years later in 1887. He started his aviation career flying balloons and flew a dirigible at the Lewis  & Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon in 1905. His brother Lincoln followed him into flying and soon graduated to airplanes. Lincoln soon surpassed his brother and after a flying exhibition at Niagara Falls in June 1911, Lincoln became an aviation celebrity who invented figure 8s, the vertical drop and the loop the loop. Hillery Beachy became his brother’s mechanic but also continued to fly exhibitions.

Hillery Beachy

On August 4, 1912 Hillery Beachy was flying at Battle Creek, Michigan under engagement of the Chamber of Commerce to give an exhibition flight. His airplane hit an air pocket at 150 feet and turned over. He was barely able to land upright and he crashed into a chicken coop. He is in critical condition suffering from a broken shoulder bone, fractures of his legs and arms, a long, deep gash in his forehead and probably internal injuries.

Hillery Beachy before flight in
Battle Creek, Michigan
August 4, 1912

Hillery Beachy in flight
Battle Creek, Michigan
August 4, 1912

Hillery Beachy’s plane after crashing
Battle Creek, Michigan
August 4, 1912

 

 

 

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