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Beachey-Curtiss Looper
 
 Beachy-Looper
 
The Looper was built in 1912 and was a special headless version, built for Lincoln Beachey and stressed for aerobatics. On 7th October 1913, that Beachey's machine fouled the ridgepole of a tent during a test flight and hit two couples who were sitting there. Ruth Hildreth, was killed outright, while her sister, Dorothea, suffered a laceration due to the propeller along with a fractured hip and arm. Their escorts, both US Navy Lieutenants, sustained fewer injuries. Ironically, Beachey was wearing a safety harness and survived the crash relatively unscathed, though he was mortified at what had happened.
 
 
 
 


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