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One of the Gates aircraft at Ft. Bliss prior to the show on February 22, 1923. Note that the name of Rio Grande’s best gasoline, "Speedene," has been painted on the bottom of the lower wing. The Gates group included some ex-military pilots who were famed for their stunting abilities. The plane is an L-W-F and the flyers are, left to right: Clyde Pangborn (upside down flying), Freddie Lund (wing walking and parachuting) and Lowell Yerex (New Zealand "Ace" whose specialty was aerobatics).  (Photo from the Gschwind collection via the author)


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