Higher Steeper Faster by Lawrence Goldstone
You are about to witness the premier birdman of them all preforming
a feat of derring - do that no other man has mastered. Twelve
of the greatest aviators in the world have plunged to horrible deaths
trying to match him. Today, for the very first time in a monoplane,
Lincoln Beachey will perform `the Dip of Death."
That was his cue. Beachey adjusted the diamond stickpin, turned his
cap backward, and put on his flying goggles. He climed into the open
cockpit, slipped his arms into the shoulder harness, and signaled his
mechanic to crank her over.
As he began to taxi from the maintenance shed to the front of the
grandstand, even the roar of the engine could not drown out the cheers
of the crowd that grew louder every second.
IT WAS TIME TO MAKE HISTORY