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Wisconsin Aviation History
Researched by Steve Stuczynski
Saturday June 14, 1930
Madison’s skies thundered with the roar of flying craft for nearly four hours as 10,000 people came to see the air stunts and races held on Saturday in spite of the threatening weather. Within a few minutes after a southwest wind had cleared the storm clouds, a dozen varied planes filled the air over the Royal airport.
Also in attendance were nine Curtis Hawks of the First Pursuit U.S. Army squadron and a dozen or more Travelaires came down from the Madison Airport. Three planes lined up for the first race to Beloit and return. Forty minutes later Howard Morey was back flying a Warner powered Velie Monocoupe.
Jack Curry of the Royal Field was winner of the Mount Horeb Derby, back in 22 minutes and one second.
H. Stanley Van Wagenen of Royal Airport left his announcer’s post to fly the 30 mile closed course race for planes under 70 horsepower.
Among the numerous fliers who thrilled the crowds doing barrel rolls, tailspins, wingovers, and power dives was Charles “Speed” Holman, chief pilot with Northwest Airways flying a black Laird biplane.
Another rain front moving in from the west postponed the rest of the day’s events to Sunday’s schedule which is to include a junior air show which was postponed from this morning. Scores of Madison boys have entered model planes in competition for several trophies.