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Unpredictable and Dangerous

Joseph Simmer The pursuit of early flight in tiny biplanes was dangerous and very unpredictable, as the attempted flight by Didier Masson in October 1911 from Calgary to Edmonton demonstrated. The tiny aircraft of the early years had minimal power and control during flight. Sudden winds could cause a crash that could endanger the pilot. In many cases, the uneven fields that pilots took off from or landed on were filled with gopher holes or rocks that could catch a wheel, destroying the machine and injuring the pilots. The act of flying was only for the most brave.

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