13 October 1922 – The National Air Races were held at Selfridge Field (now, the Selfridge Air National Guard Base) near Mount Clemens, Michigan, from 8 to 14 October of that year. First place had gone to Theodore J. Koenig flying a Packard Lepère L USA C.II biplane and second place to Major Follet Bradley in his DH.4B. Lt. William C. Boyd was flying a DH-4B and it was said that “He flew a perfect race, averaging 122 miles an hour in every one of the ten laps. Army men said this was a remarkable achievement.”
These races were so popular that an estimated 200,000 people watched the race.
Koenig won $1200, Bradley won $600 and Boyd won $200.