Martin, J.V. hydroaeroplane
Flight, December 11, 1914.
Among the many pupils who benefited from Jas. V. Martin's tuition at Hendon, was Miss Lily Irvine, who, as will be recalled, became Mrs. Martin in the summer of 1911, and later went with her husband across the "pond." Mrs. Martin, or, to preserve her nom de vol, Miss Irvine, has still retained all her old enthusiasm for flying, and has to her score a considerable number of successful flights, which in July culminated in a splendid bit of air work - a flight with a passenger of 70 miles across Lake Erie from Cedar Point to Euclid Beach in 59 minutes.
Starting from Cedar Point at 2.10 p.m. on July 23rd, Miss Irvine, having climbed to a height of 1,200 ft., steered in a north-easterly direction so as to clear the point at Vermilion. Huron was passed at 2.18, so that the first 11 miles were covered in 8 minutes. The rest of the time-table panned out as follows :- Vermilion, 2.30; Lorain, 2.40; Dover .Bay, 2.52; Eagle Cliff, 2.53; arrival at Euclid Beach, 3.09. On landing, Miss Irvine received her reward in an enthusiastic and well-deserved welcome, for the flight was one which any aviator might well be proud to have to his credit. At the commencement of the flight a rich banker offered to follow her in his fast motor boat so as to be at hand in case of accident, but Miss Irvine was not to be "mothered " thusly, and settled the matter in the following characteristic words, "We'll go it alone or not at all!"
Miss Irvine is now flying her husband's machines, and we shall look forward to recording more of her doings in the future.