Off Revere Beach, Massachusetts – June 6, 1907
The following article appeared in The Sun, a now defunct New York newspaper, on June 7, 1907. It tells of a flight over Boston made by famous aeronaut Lincoln Beachey that ended with his unintentional landing in the water one mile off shore from Revere Beach. Beachey’s “flying machine” was constructed with a motor and a balloon, and was not an airplane.
SAILS THE AIR OVER BOSTON
Aeronaut Beachey Finally Is Fished Out Of The Water Off Revere Beach
Boston, June 6, – After an exciting trip over greater Boston, Lincoln Beachey of San Francisco dropped with is flying machine into the water between Nahant and revere Beach late this afternoon and was rescued by four boats which had been chasing his disabled air craft for half an hour.
He made his flight from an amusement place at Revere Beach to Boston Common and back, as he had promised, but many times on the way he was in danger. Twice his motor broke down; once shortly after he had crossed the Mystic River, and again after he had got back into midair after a descent at Winthrop for temporary repairs.
The second time he was carried several miles in the direction of Boston Light. Then he got temporary control of the machine again and sailed over Nahant, and finally, a mile off Revere Beach, he dropped into the water. The boats which had started after him when he was seen wabbling in the air above Winthrop soon reached him and fifteen minutes later had him and his airship on shore.
On the way to the Commons he circled his airship twice around the State dome and dropped a message for Gov. Guild. The Governor and most of the legislators crowded the balconies and sidewalks about the State House as the airship sailed over them. There were 50,000 persons on the Common when the airship descended near the Soldiers Monument.