First and foremost, thank you to our Veterans, who have and do keep freedom alive in America and abroad!
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Some FUN FACTS from the visit:
- The first transcontinental crossing of the United States in a single day, was made on September 4, 1922 by “Jimmy” Doolittle. He flew a DH-4B 2,163 miles in 21 hours 19 minutes from Pablo Beach, FL to San Diego, CA.
- Charles Lindbergh made the first non-stop solo airplane trip across the Atlantic on May 20, 1927, from Long Island, NY, USA to Paris, France. The flight took 33 hours and 39 minutes and by the end of the flight, Lindbergh had been awake for a total of 55 hours straight.
- On October 23, 1934, Italian pilot Francesco Agello set a new speed record for the fastest propeller driven seaplane (Macchi Castoldi MC-72), at an amazing speed of 440.683 mph, a record that to this day has yet to be broken by any piston engined seaplane.
- America built the world’s largest Golden Age aircraft. The Douglas XB-19 had a 212 foot wingspan and a gross weight of 70 tons. It could carry 72,500lb bombs internally, and had a maximum range of 7,300 miles. The XB-10 could remain airborne for 2 days without refueling.
- Retha McCulloh, a teacher by profession, was the first female pilot in the state of Texas and was a Charter Member of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots founded in 1929 by Amelia Earhart and other pioneers.
For more information about Frontiers of Flight Museum, visit their website.
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