Kenworthy and McGoey Comments

Flying Game Is Best Bet. F. G. Kenworthy Enthusiastic as Result of His Trip to Chicago. Returned Last Evening From Trip to Windy City Where He Saw Flying Machines of All Kinds and Descriptions but Very Few that Would Really Navigate the Air – Compliments Wright Machine. F. G. Kenworthy and Thomas G. McGoey, the Grand Forks men who went to Chicago some three weeks ago to get their initiation into the art of navigating the air, returned home last evening enthusiastic over the flying game but without a flying machine. Not because they did not try to buy a machine that would fly but because they were unable to find one that would fill the bill.

“Don’t believe anything you read in the newspapers about this flying game,” said Mr. Kenworthy, last evening in discussing the trip. “You can say that there are three machines that can, and will fly, and they are the Wright, Curtiss and Fainham, the others some of them beautifully built air crafts will not rise from the ground. Mr. McGoey and myself must have seen 30 different types of air ships but there were a great many more that wouldn’t fly than would. In fact a machine can be built on what seems to be the exact model of another that will fly and when the test comes the second one will not leave the ground. One of the big secrets of flying is in the engine. The Wrights and Curtiss build their own engines and you can’t buy any of their machines for love or money. The only engine outside of these engines that has power to drive a flying machine is a Nome engine which can be secured for $2,500 but the company refuses to guarantee delivery inside of a year’s time.

“What about the Wright machine? Let me tell you that the Wright machine will fly and the people of North Dakota are going to have the opportunity at the fair next week of seeing something that I consider well worth going as far as Chicago to see. The flying game is the big game just now. It has the automobile game cheated so far that there is nothing to it. Yes, we intend to get a flying machine, if we can buy one that will fly. There is a machine that will be tried out for us in Chicago next week, and if it flies, I have contracted for it. However, I am not banking very strongly on any machine getting off the ground after what I have seen in the last three weeks. (Grand Forks Daily Herald, Sunday Morning, July 17, 1910, Volume XXIX, Number 221, Page 4)

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