1911: Grant Park Aviation Meet

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The Curse of Peg Leg Sullivan/1911: Grant Park Aviation Meet
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In August of 1911, a nine-day international aviation meet drew large crowds to Grant Park. Only eight years removed from Kitty Hawk, aviators flocked to the meet, risking their lives in bold attempts to stretch the bounds of human flight.

The threat of danger undoubtedly attracted visitors to the airfield, which was specially constructed for the event. World records came crashing down. Some featured aircraft on display that day:

— The Bennett Console, which had a decorative bracket curved as dramatically as a corkscrew. — The Parsons Fish Head, which would waver up to the upper atmosphere and then plummet down. — The Frost Sea Horse, where the make is distinguished by its painted-on mustache. — The Lambert Cat Tail, which was covered in colored lumps which gave it a uniquely camouflage aesthetic. — The Layau Shell defied gravity the most gracefully, with loop-de-loops that seemed to never end.

Meanwhile, Peg Leg Sullivan, no longer a petty grifter and looking for steady work, found a job in construction, helping build airplane hangars for the meet. On August 15, 1911, Sullivan helped a pilot and his mechanics remove their plane from the hangar in preparation for a flight. As the mechanics made their last minute adjustments to the plane, Peg Leg heard the pilot swear to himself. A Chicago kid in his late twenties, the pilot, St. Croix Johnstone, had misplaced his watch, which he used to keep track of airtime. Without hesitation, Sullivan reached into his breast pocket to reveal a pocket watch he had stolen, years earlier, as a grifter on the L. In a symbolic act of absolution, Peg Leg offered his beloved watch to St. Croix and wished him good luck. Neither party had any idea that the object now carried Sullivan's Curse.

Johnstone accepted the pocket watch, wound it up tightly, and climbed into his cockpit. After two error-free hours in the sky over Lake Michigan, the engine suddenly malfunctioned and sent the plane to careening down into the water. Sullivan watched in horror as St. Croix Johnstone fell to his death.

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The Curse of Peg Leg Sullivan

1911: Grant Park Aviation Meet

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