In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Jan. 18, 1912

GLOBE - Manager C.F. Smith of the Elks theater has demonstrated that his gifts are not wholly confined to the histrionic zone of thought by inventing a flying machine that is regarded by many competent critics as the most advanced idea along that line of endeavor.

While his invention embraces the features of those already used, it differs from all others in that it is a combination of gas bag and aeroplane. Heretofore all air vehicles have been balloons, dirigibles like the Zeppelin, or planes. The Zeppelin type (the most practicable today) consists of a gas bag whose suspended car contains the engine and propeller that move the balloon forward. Naturally, the propeller in the proportionately small car beneath the gas envelope can drive the huge balloon with its great air resistance only when winds are light or favorable.

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