Boucher To Seek World Record For Loops at Airshow Sunday

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November 26, 2010

Originally posted in 1939

An attempt to set a new world record for consecutive loops in a small airplane will be made by Milton Boucher, president of the Manitowoc chapter of the National Aeronautic association, as a feature of the air circus at the airport Sunday.

The air circus will be a feature of the entertainment arranged for some 30 or 40 visiting fliers here for the start of the annual Wisconsin Air Tour on Monday, Sept 12, at 10 a. m.

Record Is 48 Loops
The record for a plane the size of Boucher’s Taylor Cub is 48 loops.  Larger ships have made up to 100 loops.  Boucher, a local business man whose hobby is flying, has several times been close to the record.  On Labor day he made over 40 loops when the pilot’s seat broke and he was hurled into the rear cockpit.  Boucher scrambled back to the controls and pulled the ship out of a nose dive.

Elmer (Buck) Leighton, manager of the Municipal Airport, will give the crowd some thrills when he stunts a huge Ford Tri-Motor ship in addition to his speedy Cessna Monoplane.  Leighton will give an exhibition of upside down flying.

Wittman To Come
Steve Wittman of Oshkosh, who place third in the Thompson trophy event at the National Air races, will be among the visiting fliers present.

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