It was the very early years of powered airplanes, plans for such
machines were published in U.S. national aviation magazines. The
airplanes being constructed from such plans were changed by
craftsmen countrywide. In this case the Curtiss design was modified
by a widowed dairy farmer, himself at Death's door. His sixteen
year-old son would be the aviator. Associates in the venture were
the farm's well educated handy-man and a talented cabinet maker
from the nearby town. Legal opposition by the farmer's unmarried
sister, his children's guardian after the farmer's death, prevented
exhibition flights in Oregon. The Cloudbuster was thus forced to
carry out its flying in Washington State during the cool summer of
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