|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1888|
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1919|
LIEUT. KIRBY MEETS INSTANT DEATH IN UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 15- Lieutenant Frank French Kirby, pilot, and Lieut. Stanley C. Miller observer, of airplane No. 44, in their transcontinental air derby, were killed at Castle Rock, Utah, late today when their plane, traveling westward, fell a distance of approximately two hundred feet.
Lieut. Kirby was killed instantly according to the manager of the Rigby ranch at Castle Rock, where the accident happened. Lieut. Miller died about 6:40 tonight.
According to the manager of the Rigby ranch, the machine was flying high when the engine was heard to stop and Kirby was seen to float downward. Suddenly, when about 200 feet in the air, the machine banked sharply and dived straight for the ground. Lieut. Kirby was dead when ranch hands reached the machine. Lieut. Miller was alive and medical assistance was sent for, but he expired before physicians could arrive from either Caslte Rock or Evanston, Wyo.
The manager of the Rigby ranch over the long distance telephone, tonight said that he had no idea how the accident occurred. There was no wind at the time, he said.
Lieutenant Kirby apparently was killed instantly. Lieutenant Miller died two hours later.
Arrangements were being made tonight to ship the bodies to Evanston, Wyo., there to await directions from relatives as to further disposition. Lieutenant Kirby is survived by a widow, at Garden City, Long Island, and Lieutenant Miller's relatives are said to live in Mountainsville, Pa.
Four of the racers arrived in this city today, one, Lieut. B. W. Maynard, eastbound, and three, Lieutenants S. W. Torney, No. 38; J. H. Roulett No. 32, and Fred Nelson, No 6, westbound, Lieutenant Roulett, No. 38, remained at Buena Vista field for the night, while Lieutenants Torney and Nelson proceeded to Salduro where they will remain overnight.
Five over westbound contestants are at Green River and Rawlins, Wyo., and are expected to reach this control some time tomorrow.
Interest here today centered in the return flight of Lieutenant Maynard, and many visitors were at Buena Vista field to wish him luck on his flight to Mineola. Lieutenant Roulett landed in the wrong field today but quickly learned of his error and made his way to the proper field.
Kirby May Have Fainted.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., Oct. 15.-The airplane in which Lieuts. French Kirby and S. C. Miller were killed near Castle Rock, Utah, today was gone over thoroughly last night and tested today by Lieut. Kirby before he left at 10:22 this morning for Rawlins.
Aviation field officers are of the opinion that Kirby fainted and his body might have fallen in such a way that Lieut. Miller could not control the machine. Lieut. Miller was not an aviator.
The Ogden Standard Examiner October 16, 1919
Note: Biography provided by Jason O'Driscoll (find-a-grave member #47130140)
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section SS, Site 4172
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Aug 17, 2010
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