Area promoters saw White's experiments as a way to draw tourists to St. Augustine and win space in newspapers throughout the country.
Almost every story in The Record mentioned the number of people reading about White and St. Augustine in newspapers around the country. Several movie and newsreel companies took footage of White and his ornithopter.
Wright towed White's plane using a "high-powered roadster, which accelerated at a fast clip in a short distance." Usually, he had a police motorcycle escort for the towing operations.
Karl brought this back to my attention with a link at his Great Blue Machine. I have a very personal connection with St. Augustine having mis-spent much of my youth around there in pursuit of surf and romance. I still go there to surf and visit old friends.
I had heard of George White and seen the pictures before but somehow didn't really catch my attention.
Its an interesting story and I plan to look more into it next time I'm down there. I suspect that the claims of his success are exaggerated because if he had really such capabilities then certainly more would have come of it. as it is, there don;t seem to be any in flight pictures and although there are supposed to be some video of his flights I can't locate any on the web.
Still, from the look of his machine, he was on the right track. But he like those before him and up until recently, didn't have the technology in materials that we do now.