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Name Mr. Bill Martin
Email billm0688@gmail.com
Website http://mindreachentertainment.com
Phone 505/896-0100
Address PO Box 44547
Rio Rancho, NM  87174
Biographical Info Bill Martin is a magician, escapeologist, and retired Naval Aviator. He has been a Golden Gloves boxer, carnival wrestler, hardrock miner, tractor mechanic, and nightclub entertainer. He has performed Houdini’s famous milkcan escape on national television.
Program Description In 1916, the London Daily Mail offered a $50,000 cash prize for the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic. Many intrepid aeronauts attempted to be the first but none succeeded until 1919. Battling against time and weather to beat a British Army crew and other international competitors, a U.S. Navy Crew was the first to make the perilous crossing despite multiple mechanical failures. The details of this harrowing flight will be covered as will the development of the Curtis flying boat. In 1969, the London Daily Mail sponsored a modern Atlantic air race commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic event. $144, 000 in prize money again prompted feverish activity among international competitors. The two races, separated by 50 years, will be discussed. An historic film of the NC-4 departing Rockaway, NY and arriving in Lisbon and London will be shown. This presentation is in Power Point format with press clippings on display.
Series Conversations With the World
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