St. Louis, MO plane crash at air show, May 1937


But Does Crash Landing And Escapes With Only Head Cuts


Associated Press Staff.

LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS AIRPORT, St. Louis, May 29 (AP) - A spectacular crash landing by Roger Don Rae, champion American racing pilot, chilled 12,000 spectators today at St. Louis' air show, but the young Lansing, Mich., flier escaped serious injury in the smash-up of his tiny monoplane.

Losing half his propeller as he roared close to the ground at 250 miles per hour toward a pylon in front of a gasping grandstand, Rae jerked his plane up to 200 feet, fighting hard for control. It fluttered and came down hard to a "belly" landing. Its nose and undercarriage smashed. Rae was rushed to a hangar, where he was treated for severe head cuts.

Rae's accident occurred at the end of the eighth lap of a 50-mile free-for-all as he roared in pursuit of Art Chester's blunt-nosed "Jeep." Chester, a Los Angeles flier, sped over the two remaining laps of the race to win $900 with a speed of 253.5 miles an hour.

Mrs. Louis Thaden, Seattle winner of the Bendix and Harmon trophies last year, set a new speed record for women, flying a 100 kilometer (62.5 mile) course at a speed of 197.9 miles an hour.

The former record was 175 miles an hour, held by Amelia Earhart.

The Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden, UT 30 May 1937