Oscar Brindley
Oscar Brindley, of the American Airlines, and the Aeroplane
he piloted to victory at the Chicago Meet , August 12-20, 1911
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04

Oscar Brindley at the Chicago Meet , 1911
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04


Athens County Boys Sensa-
tion of International
Aviation Meet.
Unidentified Newsclipping, August 12-20, 1911
     A former Athens county boy, Oscar A. Brindley, is now winning a national reputation as an aviator by his exploits in a Wright Bi-plane at the International aviation meet at Chicago.
     Several days ago Brindley, who is the son of Martin Brindley, who lives near Downingtown? and the Athens county line, made a great record at the Chicago meet by reaching the height of nearly 6000 feet and remaining at that altutude for nearly three hours. He remained in the air until all of the other aviators had landed and darkness had fallen. Great fires were lighted to show him the location of the park before he could alight. For nearly three hours, he rocked in a 40-mile gale nearly 5000 feet over Lake Michigan and his feats thrilled thousands of Chicago people. Chicago papers carried great stories of his feat. His achievement was regarded as the feature of the meet up to yesterday and he was widely complimented on his judgement and care in handling his machine. He was paid at the rate of $2 per minute for his flight-quite a tidy sum.
     Although a very young man Brindley is regarded by the Wright Brothers as one of their best aviators and he was chosen as one of a team of four out of 160 pupils taught by the Wrights. Young Brindley is 26 years old and unmarried. He was reared near the Athens county line below Albany and for several years worked as a mechanical engineer in Nelsonville, Columbus and Dayton. He has been flying only since last May and made his first flight after a three hour trip with a Wright instructor. He is now associated with the American Aviators, of Atlanta, Georgia.
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04


Unidentified Newsclipping, 1911 - 1912
     With a buzz which startled some of the horses in the 2:14 pace as they were scoring for the first heat, Oscar Brindley skated along the interior of the track at the fair grounds yesterday and gracefully ascended into the air with his Wright biplane, it being the opening of the biggest free attraction the Fox River Valley fair ever offered. One of the most experienced air men of the country, he having finished the training school just as Cal Rodgers entered, Brindley gave an exhibition of what the air craft will do.
     His is not one of those daring acts---he wants to live. He gives a practical exhibition of what the craft can do. Shooting southwest he ascended to a height of probably 500 feet and then turned, he headed against the wind, sailing out over the exhibition building and then returned. Four times he made the trip, each time going a little higher. Then as he approached the grand stand he shot the head of his machine straight into the air and went upward. he climbed until 1,800 feet high and then circled.
     With the eyes of the throng upon him he suddenly started a spiral dip, came part way down, stopped, and again resumed his journey to earth. At all times he had his machine under perfect control.
     He touched the ground as lightly as he left it, gliding along until in front of his tent when the flyer was stopped and then sent in motion again as he swung it around ready to be run under the canvas. Even though people may have seen air ships in action heretofore the exhibition is well worth the price of admission to the fair. He will fly today and tomorrow.
     Mr. Brindley is a quiet, unassuming sort of a person, and while he is recognized as one of the big flyers of the country he does not appear to feel the part. The machine is on exhibition at the fair grounds.
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04

Unidentified Newsclipping, 1911 - 1912
     While every one ws greatly disappointed over the inclement weather there was one attraction that made their hearts rejoice, and that was the excellent exhibition flight made by Aviator Oscar Brindley of Columbus, O., in his Model B., Wright bi-plane. Mr. Brindley soared into the air after a pretty start from the north end of the centerfield at about 1:45 o'clock. He was in the air about twelve minutes, during whch time he described numerous pretty evolutions and attained a height of about two thousand feet. The manner in which he caused the big heavier-than-air machine to glide when making his preliminary descent was a beautiful sight, the bi-plane responding as gracefully to the tugging of the lever wires as a large bird in flight.
     Modest and unassuming, but of pleasing personality, Mr. Brindley at once made lasting friends with those who were fortunate enough to be able to command a portion of his time, which was not spent in talking about himself or his achievements, but the construction of the machine, its various points of interest and about other fellows in the business. Mr. Brindley is managed by William Jim Gabriel, an old show man, who has proven himself one of the most successful prmoters of the flhying game of any person in the business today. Mr. Gagriel is as distant as pay day when a guy's broke, but when he opens up his conversation is of a calibre that amuses and entertains. He is a man of wide experience and knows every angle of the flying game, except what to do in the air. He's never been there and does not intend to learn. Several hundred persons paid a small admission fee to the hangar just north of the judge's stand and spent considerable time in inspecting the flier and conversing with the machanician, who courteously explained such questions regardsin it as were put to him.
     Aviator Brindley will be seen in flights on Friday and if the weather is propitious he promises Appleton people an exhibition they will long remember.
     The horse races, both of whch were won in three straight heats, furnished little interest or entertainment other than the usual diversion that such events afford. The first heat, however, of the 2:24 pace developed a pretty neck and neck finish between Searchletta, Anna Klawatah and Black Pattie. The three horses came under the wire not jore than five yards behind each other. The final heat of the same race was driven in the rain.
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04

     If you search for "Oscar Brindley", using the Google search engine, (1-27-04), you will find about 28 links. Among the most interesting is the following.
by Murphy Givens
Sept. 16, 1998
     You will find a brief but interesting anecdote of Oscar's career on this website of the Corpus Christi Times online. Following is a partial excerpt of the story.
In the Corpus Christi demonstration, pioneer aviator Oscar Brindley asked for a volunteer from the audience. The volunteer was real-estate agent F. Z. Bishop (founder of Bishop). The pilot wanted another volunteer because Bishop weighed about 230 pounds, but he finally agreed to let him fly. Bishop climbed into the biplane and said, "Real estate is going up!"
     You can access the page and read the whole story by clicking on the title above. If time permits, you may also want to read some of the other "Firsts" which occurred in Corpus Christi.

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