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Washington Aeroplane Co Columbia
The Columbia monoplane was entered for the 1912 Gordon Bennett aviation race held in Chicago, to be piloted by Paul Peck, known as "The Birdman of West Virginia", powered by a rotary rated at 50 hp. In 1912 Peck was killed while flying the Columbian at a Chicago exhibition. Peck started a steep spiral, ignoring a sudden storm, the engine came loose, cut through the pilot's seat with its whirling propeller, and the airplane disintegrated in the air.

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