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The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship

The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
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Teenagers Peggy Prescott and her brother Roy share a love of aviation that they inherited from their late father. Mr. Prescott had always dreamed of building an aeroplane that would be free of the defects of planes already invented. Peggy and Roy manage to build a plane starting with the framework their father had begun. Peggy christens it ‘The Golden Buttefly’ and she and Roy are determined to enter it in a young aviator’s contest for a prize of $5000. The Prescotts need the money desperately to save the home they share with their aunt which is about to be taken from them by the rather nasty banker, Mr. Harding. Peggy and Roy along with their best friends, Jess and Jimsy Bancroft – also sister and brother, experience many adventures – many of them while flying the Golden Butterfly. A kidnapping, missing jewels and contact with some desperate characters are just some of what the Prescotts encounter in their Long Island village of Sandy Bay. There’s never a dull moment for these two as they pursue their dream of flying.

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THE GIRL AVIATORS

AND

THE PHANTOM AIRSHIP

BY

MARGARET BURNHAM

M. A. DONOHUE & COMPANY

CHICAGO NEW YORK

Made in U.S.A.

The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship

CHAPTER I.

THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY.

"Roy! Roy! where are you?"

Peggy Prescott came flying down the red brick path, a rustling newspaper clutched in her hand.

"Here I am, sis, what's up?"

The door of a long, low shed at the farther end of the old fashioned garden opened as a clattering sound of hammering abruptly ceased. Roy Prescott, a wavy haired, blue eyed lad of seventeen, or thereabouts, stood in the portal. He looked very business like in his khaki trousers, blue shirt and rolled up sleeves. In his hand was a shiny hammer.

Peggy, quite regardless of a big, black smudge on her brother's face, threw her arms around his neck in one of her "bear hugs," while Roy, boy like, wriggled in her clasp as best he could.

"Now, just look here," cried Peggy, quite out of breath with her own vehemence. She flourished the paper under his nose and, imitating the traditional voice of a town crier, announced:

"Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! Roy Prescott or any of the ambitious aviators now is your chance! Great news from the front! Third and last call!"

"You've got auctioneering, the Supreme Court and war times, mixed up a bit, haven't you?" asked Roy with masculine condescension, but gazing fondly at his vivacious sister nevertheless... Continue reading book >>


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