Oscar Brindley
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04


O. A. Brindley's latest Achievement
is Winning $5000 at
San Diego, Cal.
Was taught Aviation by Late Orville Wright and Has Made Splendid Record.
Unidentified Newsclipping, 1916
     "A prophet is not without honor save in his own country."
     The truth of this old saying must have come home to Oscar A. Brindley of Columbus, if he has access to Columbus papers of November 1. Brindley , for several years, has been connected with the flying corps of the Unite States army, and is at present instructor at the army school of aviation at North Island, California.
     On December 31, in competition with some of the best air pilots of the country, he won one of the most sensational aeroplane races ever staged in America, thereby annexing the Curtiss marine flying trophy, valued at $5000, and an additional purse of $1000. Beindley covered in his flight 554 miles in ten hours, but his corrected mileage, thorugh being penalized by flyhing over a broken course, was 526.2 miles. He defeated by less than 19 miles, Raymond V. Morris, who also drove a sensational
     It was evidently not known at San Diego, Cal., near which the race was staged, that Brindley is a Columbus boy, as no mention of that fact was made in amny reports of the race. Consequently, no mention of his achievement appeared in Columbus papers. He left Columbus about five years ago, to learn aviation at the Wright Bros.' school at Dayton. Prior to that time he had worked for a number of yhears as a machinist at the Jeffroy Mfg. Co., and he has a large number of friends in Columbus. Hi is now the only living aeronaut taught by the late Orville Wright. Since his graduation from the Wright School Brindley has taken part in meets in all parts of the country, and has set up a number of records. He is 31 years of age.
     The cup which he won at San Diego is the most costly aeronautical gift ever offered in this country. It is executed entirely in sterling silver at a cost of $5000, stannds three feet ten inches high and rests on a base of onyx. The cup is to be contested for each year until 1920, at which time it will become the permanent property of the aeronautical club which wins the most points during the five-year contest.
Collection of Sally Tippett Buel, 1-23-04

Cross-Continent Flight Will be Attempted to Demonstrate Electric Automatic Stabilizer
Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee: April 24, 1916,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 2-4-05
San Diego, Cal., April 23. - Oscar Brindley, instructor at the United States army aviation school here, announced today he would attempt a flight from either Los Angeles or San Diego to New York city to demonstrate an electric automatic stabilizer (single axis autopilot?).
     The flight will begin about May 15 and, according to Brindley, will be completed in six days. He hopes to hold the actual time to 35 hours."

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