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 - Flier, Old Pane Before Tak-off at Bloomington...
Flier, Old Pane Before Tak-off at Bloomington TfTOTO I r"- I Burrell Tibbs of Grand Prairie, Tex., stands in front. of his 1917 model Jenny biplane before he U.N. Appeals By Letter to Pro-Red POWs Panmunjom, (Saturday) Dec 19 (AP) .The U.N. Command today appealed by letter to 22 American captives converted to communism to make a "really free,' intelligent and informed" decision about returning home. . . , J-- -.. : It asked the Indian command to deliver copies of the 12-page appeal to each of the American prisoners. They are in neutral custody in the Korean demilitarized zone. Korean prisoner protests over the conduct of explanations have stalled Allied interviews. The explanation took off from Bloomington Friday on a flight to Dallas, Tex. The flier later was reported over Pilot 1917 Plane Missing Bloomington, Dec. 18 (AP) A pioneer flier took ff for Dal las, Tex., today in an ancient Jenny biplane without compass or radio and was overdue at Alton, IH., his first planned stop. The pilot headed away from Alton after his takeoff. Burrell Tibbs, 57, of Grand Prairie, Tex., cleared the Bloomington Municipal Airport at 12:19 p.m. in his 1917 model open cockpit plane. The old biplane had none of the modern navigating aids such as ra dio, gyroscope or even compass that works, Ihe compass m the craft is out of order. Lacking a radio, Tibbs could not maintain contact with Civil Aero- nautics Authority stations on his; route, as is customary on long flights, j He was due at Alton about 3 1 - due at Alton, which was to have been his first stop. (AP Wirephoto) p.m., according to Art Larnahan, Bloomington Airport manager with whom Tibbs filed a flight plan. Reporters who witnessed the take off said that instead of heading southwest toward Springfield, one of his checkpoints, Tibbs disappear ed over the honzon to the southeast toward Champaign. Just before the takeoff, Tibbs told reporters, my instruments are a dol lar watch, a yardstick and a Rand McNally map. The temperatures were in the 20s and iibbs cut out two holes in chamois which he put over his face to prevent it from freezing m the open cockpit. Tibbs had intended to make the flight Thursday the anniversary of the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., 50 years ago, but sub- zero weather prevented the flight.

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  1. The Decatur Herald,
  2. 19 Dec 1953, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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