A History Quickie: Smuggling a Biplane
In 1913, five wooden crates were being shipped from Tucson to Nogales on a flatbed wagon. The U.S. Deputy Marshals apprehended the cargo which was a Curtiss biplane taking apart. The owners insisted the plane was just being used for experiments only, but the marshals were not buying it. They suspect it was being used to help the Sonoran troops in the upheaval against the Mexican government.