Brea, CA Airplane Crash, Apr 1926


ANAHEIM, Calif., April 24.--(AP)--Ray Freeman, 25, an aviator of Long Beach, was killed instantly here today when the airplane in which he was flying at an air meet at Brea, near here, fell 500 feet. Colonel William Mitchell, former army air officer, was a spectator at the meet but did not see the accident.

Freeman was flying a plane known as the "Humming Bird," which weighed but 250 pounds. One wing of the tiny plane apparently crumpled.

Advance bills distributed by the Brea Air club, in charge of the meet, stated that Colonel Mitchell would fly the "Humming Bird" some time during the afternoon.

Nevada State Journal, Reno, NV 25 Apr 1926

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