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The Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee, February 26, 1911
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 4-22-06
"Weakness of a Shoe Saved His Life"
"New York - But for the weaknes of his shoe, Mons. Charles Frank Morok, the Belgian aviator, might not have been able to tell the story of his attempt to fly across the Hudson.
      He made a brave start, but something went wrong with his motor and he was compelled to glide down to the Hudson.
      The water was closing above him when he felt that his foot was caught. He pulled and tugged and finally his foot got loose. He arose to the surface and after swimming about twenty feet he reached a motor boat which had put out after him and soon was safe on the Manhattan shore. But the sole of his shoe had parted from him.
      This was the second time Mons. Morok had attempted to make a flight across the Hudson. The first time was on Christmas day. Then his motor went wrong and he crashed into a house near the Guttenburg track and both he and his machine were put out of commission."
Bob Davis


The Daily Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee: September 8, 1912,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 6-11-04
"International Aviation Meet will be Featured by World's Championship Race. $10,000 Silver Service has been Won by an American, Once Curtiss and the Other Time Weymann
This Week's Program"
"Chicago, Sept. 7. - America's third international aviation meet, which opens Monday, will establish a new mark for America in the number of aviators of international fame entered. chief of these are the pilots of the foreign and American racers who compete in the Gordon Bennett world's championship aeroplane race, the first event of the meet.
      The meeting embraces daily monoplane and biplane handicap races, a scratch biplane and monoplane race which is designed to give further demonstration of the skill of the Gordon Bennett drivers, and a 40-kilometer race for all types, handicapped. Other contests are bomb and mail throwing, accuracy landing contests from heights of 1,000 feet without a motor and similar events in which the skill of the operator is tested.
      This is the fourth time aeroplanes have been matched for the world's championship, as typified by the $10,000 silver trophy given by James Gordon Bennett in 1908 to be contended for annually by licensed pilots of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
      Twice before a single American entrant has driven his aeroplane ahead of his competitors and brought the silver trophy to America. Glenn H. Curtiss was the first winner, at Rheims, France, Aug. 28, 1909. His biplane finished the 12.4 mile race in 15 minutes, 50 seconds, or five seconds ahead of the looked-for winner, Louis Bleriot's monoplane. There were five starters, but only four of the flyers were able to cover the distance, which then was considered an almost impossible journey for an aeroplane.
      In New York on the Belmont park aerodrome, the second contest was held. The course had been lengthened to 100 kilometers (62.14 miles) and Claude Graham-White, England's best known airman, won in 71 minutes, 4 seconds, in the first 100-horsepower Bleriot monoplane built. Alfred LeBlanc, of France, led in the race in a similar machine, up to the last lap of the field, when he ran out of gasoline and in landing, crashed into a telephone pole and smashed his aeroplane.
      Graham-White's victory took the trophy for England, where it was contested for in 1911 on the Isle of Sheppy at Eastchurch, July 1. Charles Terres Weymann, sole American entrant, again went up in a 100 horsepower Nieuport monoplane and captured the trophy. His time for the 100 kilometers was 81 minutes, 30 seconds, a speed of over eighty miles an hour, then a world's speed record. Leblanc again after the world championship, had to content himself with second, being two minutes slower than Weymann.
      Speed alone determines the winner, there being no restriction on the construction of the aeroplane. Because of the high speeds obtained, few aviators have cared to enter, and in the three events held previously, a total of thirteen entrants only appear on the lists.
      This year the race has been lengthened to 200 kilometers (124 miles), and the course was laid out as an ellipse of 4.14 miles, requiring thirty laps to complete the races. In the French elimination trials, Jules Vedrinesmade a speed of 100 miles an ahour, which established expectance as to what speed would be made by the choice machines of the six nations competing - America, England, France, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.
      France designated Jules Vedrines and Maurice Prevost, pilots of Deperdussin monoplanes, and Andre Frey, who drives an Hanriot monoplane, as its representatives. England had named Claude Graham-White, Gustave Hamel and George Dyott, but it was certain until the last minute just who would make the actual flights.
      Belgium's representative, Charles Morok, died of typhoid fever a few days before the race, and Jan Wynmalen, who was to represent Holland, was so disappointed in the showing of his Oerts monoplane, he withdrew. Edmund Audemars, Switzerland's representative, was not certain of entering, and as for America, the choice of pilot will not be definitely settled till the day before the race. An American defender prepared to carry a 100 horsepower motor, the largest aero motor ever designed.
      The hydroaeroplane, or airboat, aviation contests are the first ever held outside military competetions held in France for selection of government machines. The contests must continue five days during which races and contests are evolved to demonstrate how the multi-use machine may be guided on the water, be raised into the air and flown as a flying craft.
      In addition efficiency prizes have been offered, the contest being the numbers of passengers carried, the length of time one, two, and three extra persons may remain aloft, and other similar competetions."
Bob Davis

     Using the Google search engine on "Charles Morok", (10-17-05), you will find about 12 links.
Charles Morok
Exhibition Flight at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds 1911
Niebergall, Ernst
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Charles Morok - 1
     This page on the OhioLINK Digital Media Center website offers a beautiful photograph of Charles Morok. The photo above is a small-size sample of the large-scale photo which are available. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.
Charles Morok - 2
     This second page on the OhioLINK Digital Media Center website offers another beautiful photograph of Charles Morok in flight . You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Charles Morok, died of typhoid fever a few days before the race, September, 1912

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