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(Per Press Association —Copyright.)

(Received March 3, 9.30 a.m.) MELBOURNE, March 3

The first successful flights have been made by the Commonwealth air fleet, consisting of a biplane and monoplanes.



A photographer on the staff pi the Paris " Matin " gives a graphic, description of his sensations when taken up by M. Pegoud, the original upsidedown airman, to take photographs when looping the loop in mid-air... ''My first thrill," he says, " was 1600 feet up, when M. Pegoud banked steeply on one wing. It was nothing to what was to 'follow.;-- I clasped my camera to my breast; I could not take my eyes off it. If I let it go I knew I.should be dishonoured for ever. I ( looked at M. Pegoud, too. . "I feel that he is so much at home that, ma foi, I slip a plate in my camera. By his preparations I. realise that he is going to loop the loop. Pouf ! There I am head downwards. , It is all done so quickly that I do _not even perceive it.- I feel .my feet dangling-in the air while my leathern straps cut deeply into my sftoulders.' I. come back to, the normal position without- quite knowing what has happened. " M. Pegoud turns and says: ; ' Now, then, ready for your photograph ?' We start again. This time I brace my feet in the framework. For the, second time we plunge .earthwards, n^d v^ a; very large circle we loop the loop for the second time. • I had time, head downwards, to release the shutter twice. I had plenty of time to see the ground beneath: us. The trees looked as though they were drunk."

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COMMONWEALTH AIR FLEET., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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COMMONWEALTH AIR FLEET. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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