Ernie experienced several adventures:
In each of these, Ernie played what is admittedly background role. He was the mechanic and co-pilot. The events themselves, though, were important as aviation began to move from being a novelty in civilian life, to developing real commercial importance.
Ernie is not so important for his role in these events. After all, he did not set them in motion; he was not the planner or leader. His importance to us comes from his role as observer and participant. Ernie collected some very interesting documentation that gives us a nice, relatively unclouded view of some important events in the history of commercial aviation.