Dedicated to the history and preservation of artifacts and memorabilia commemorating
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH and The Spirit of St. Louis
First solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris - May 20 - 21, 1927
VOLUME MMIII JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER 2003 ISSUE No. 3
PUBLISHED IN THE MEMORY OF MAX HEALEY, FOUNDER (1915 - 1990)
Juan A. José of the
5 de Mayo #136 - Casa 1
Mexico D.F. C.P. 16020 Mexico
I recently observed that the restaurant that occupied the
Vice President building where the former US Embassy was located in
Joena Meier (217) 243-7032 Mexico City (where Charles and Anne first met in 1927)
2 Millwood Manor has been closed and the building itself is being offered for
Jacksonville, IL 62650
sale. I realized how important the efforts are to perserve
the memory of mankind’s great achievements. What’s
Bill Grant going to happen to this particular building? Will the new
P.O. Box 295 owners care about the history of the place or will they try
Patton, CA 92369 to demolish it? Will they respect its decoration (the same
that it had when Dwight Morrow was the tenant) or will
Treasurer they put in new carpets, rugs or walls? I don’t know! If I
Gary Fisk (310) 539-2599 have a chance to get in touch with those who buy the
24506 Cadiz Drive
building I will make sure they are aware of the historical
Lomita, CA 90717
value of the property. Hopefully the local history authori-
Immediate Past President ties have already cataloged the building as a historic site or
Doug Studer as a protected work of architecture, hopefully the old US
RR3 Box 327A Embassy in Mexico will stay just as it is (maybe some con-
Butler, KY 41006 servation work will be welcomed). Unfortunately, I don’t
have the money to buy it (I think it could make a great
Board of Directors
Lindbergh Museum!) nor do I have the time to get some
Kurt Francis volunteers together and have it moved or a replica made
Duane Jacobson (just as Dick Hoerle did with the Rickenbacker house in
Havner Parish Jr., MD Columbus). I am just aware of how valuable the building
Max Rensberger is in terms of USA-Mexico relations and most of all how
valuable it is in terms of Lindbergh’s life. From that stand-
Marketing & Communication point I will try to make sure that this very special piece of
Juan A. José – Director & Chairman
Lindberghiana stays protected. “We” may not be able to
collect it all but I am sure “we” collectors can make a dif-
Doug Studer & Joena Meier ference preserving valuable reminders of the life and times
Preservation Committee Saludos cordiales desde México.
Duane Jacobson, Curator Juan firstname.lastname@example.org
9119 16th Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
Nominating Committee Past Presidents Committee
Membership Committee Doug Studer, Chairman Bob Arehart, Cris Sauer,
Gene Weisenberg, Chairman 14154 Aulick Road Lyn Sheldon, Doug Studer
1562 Bradbury Road Butler, KY 41006 Gene Weisenberg, Rosie Zuern
San Marino, CA 91108-2727 (859) 448-0711
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tional copies that they will volunteer to drop by
Mailbag their local airports, museum shops, gift shops or
wherever their creativity leads them.
knows? It might work.
Notes and News from Members And, if it means that you have to print up anoth-
er batch of this issue...it will be the best, most
Hi! Your J/F/M 2003 Newsletter arrived just cost-efficient advertising bucks you can spend.
before I headed off for Sun-n-Fun in Lakeland, Mort Kuff
Florida. Another fine piece of work with many How about it, readers? Any takers out there? If
good stories and announcements. Congratu- you can distribute them, I can print more.
That was a good story on Lindbergh and Major Dear Doug:
Tom Lanphier. I thought you and the members Many thanks for publishing my letter in the
would be interested in the following which is in Society Newsletter. I’m enclosing a copy of Von
my “to be published” memoirs: Hardesty’s reply. Apologies are fine, but the
“...On 1 July 1927 Lindbergh landed at Selfridge damage is already done. Hopefully, if there is a
Field in Michigan flying in from St. Louis, Mo. second printing/edition of his book, the error will
(Sitting in our living room, Lanphier related the be corrected. In the meantime, if you would be
following) after a few words of greeting, and so kind as to publish his reply, at least our mem-
with the engine still running, he (Lindbergh) said, bers will know the truth.
“Tom, I’ve never seen the Spirit in the air. Would Also, I especially enjoyed Jean Saunders’ article
you mind taking it around the field?” You’d think on Joe Foss. I’ve been in an informal breakfast
I would have questions like: I understand that group with Joe in Scottsdale, AZ for several
the airplane is a little unstable, will that be a years. “The Knights of the Round Engine Table” -
problem for me? What is the best climb speed? the “Old Goats Squadron” was Joe’s group. He
You would think that for the ten minutes I was in entertained us with many a story of his WW II
the air I would have kept my eyes on the instru- experiences. He was especially fond of “Charlie”
ments, but I can assure you, all that I could see Lindbergh and loved to talk about the times that
in front of me were the big headlines on the C.A.L. spent with his squadron, both as a “Tech
newspapers around the world that read “LAN- Rep” and in flying combat missions. He really
PHIER CRASHES THE SPIRIT!” Major Lanphier got a charge out of “Charlie” downing a
had a successful spin and he was the first, and Japanese plane and keeping it from the “top
only one of two, who flew the Spirit besides brass.” Joe was a classic hero in his own right.
Lindbergh. He will be sorely missed.
William F. Chana Thanks again.
Hi, Doug, Frank H. Robertson, Jr.
Received the N/L yesterday and I must say, it is
genuinely impressive. Beautifully done. Dear Mr. Robertson:
Congratulations to you, Mr. Editor. Thank you for your courteous, if pained, letter of
I haven’t taken the time to do more than whip February 3. I appreciate your kind effort to alert
through it, yet. But, I will enjoy reading it thor- me to a grievous omission in the book
oughly, I know. The photos and the color really “Lindbergh: Flight’s Enigmatic Hero”, the failure
make it an attractive publication. to list your father as one of the St. Louis backers
Maybe by e-mail, you might solicit some assis- of Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight
tance from the existing membership...begin by of 1927.
asking if they received their copy of the newslet- I regret this unintended error, and please accept
ter...and then, ask them to request several addi- my profound apologies.
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 3
Reading your letter reminded me again of the posed real mysteries: I remember the time taken
perils of preparing a short illustrated biography to identify two photos dealing with the chapter
on an epic figure in the American experience, on Lindbergh’s visit to Germany. Even after
Charles Lindbergh. With a limited word count showing the photos to several historians, we
for the narrative (around 55,000 words), I had to could not get a consensus! So, there can be sins
work carefully with my editor at Tehabi Books to of commission as well as omission.
identify a finite sequence of historic themes on Our Lindbergh book has been praised by sever-
the entirety of Lindbergh’s life: some familiar al informed readers for its proper use of techni-
themes were given brief coverage; others cal terms associated with aviation. Yet, several
received greater stress to portray Lindbergh’s errors slipped by us; e.g., letting a caption sug-
career and persona in a balanced way. We did gest that an airplane was a P-38 when, in fact, it
not have the space afforded to Scott Berg and was a P-36 (I know the difference, but this one
others who have prepared more exhaustive escaped attention during successive waves of
accounts of Lindbergh’s life. All who have writ- proofreading and fact checking!).
ten on Lindbergh, of course, have been guilty of When I was invited to write the narrative for the
certain errors and omissions. All are painful, if book, I decided to stay as close as possible to the
they are genuine lapses in historical coverage or primary materials, in particular the writings of
interpretation. Charles Lindbergh and his family. Lindbergh’s
One of the ironies associated with “Lindbergh: visits to Germany and his service in World War
Flight’s Enigmatic Hero” is the fact that there was II were of special interest to me. These years, as
a conscious desire to showcase the St. Louis you know, gave birth to fierce controversy and
backers as pivotal to the story. Sadly, this goal no small amount of distortion of Lindbergh’s
was undermined by the omission you have ideas and motives. Here I found some hitherto
appropriately brought to our attention. Many untapped sources, which I incorporated into the
secondary accounts, some even written over the narrative. My main goal was to place Lindbergh
years by my colleagues at the Smithsonian, have into proper historical context. I am pleased that
touched on these men only in a glancing way, many have found this dimension of the book
often just mentioning one or two of the group. compelling and insightful.
Lindbergh himself was always generous in his Yet, there are many bumps in the road. One per-
praise of his backers in St. Louis and San Diego. son complained that I had not mentioned that
The historical reality is that the St. Louis group, Lindbergh had been a member of the German
including your father, played a key role in the American Bund! I told this person that he never
Lindbergh saga: Lindbergh required their timely belonged to this group, and that anyone familiar
backing to build the “Spirit of St. Louis”. with Lindbergh’s personality and disdain of
Somehow, as I wrote that part of the narrative organized movements would know that he was
and we gathered photographs, the name of your no candidate for membership in the Bund.
father slipped away from our routine fact check- Curiously, this person refused to accept my ver-
ing. I take full responsibility and express my sion of history, preferring bias to historical truth.
regrets to you. Getting the precise tone is problematical as well,
Reading your letter has prompted me to muse on even when you are essentially correct in your
the process of historical writing, especially for analysis. Reeve Lindbergh kindly read an early
illustrated books on major historical figures or draft of the manuscript, and she alerted me to the
events. For the Lindbergh book, we selected well fact that I had understated her father’s opposition
over 300 images. Each illustration needed a cap- to the Moral Rearmament Movement: I had men-
tion. Sometimes a photo came with detailed tioned that Lindbergh adopted a negative view of
information to write a caption. More often than the Moral Rearmament movement, something
not, we worked in a vacuum of sorts, possessing that was apparent in the record, but Reeve told
only fragmentary information. Some photos me that my description in no way reflected her
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 4
father’s emotional rejection of the movement. In Lindbergh’s quest to win the Orteig Prize.
the end, as we shortened the length of the narra- Mistake prone historians will not alter this fact.
tive, I omitted this passing reference. However, it All the best.
reminded me that a person working off the print- Sincerely,
ed record can often miss the tone implied in the Von Hardesty
historical record. Again, there are many pitfalls
along the way, especially when you are dealing Hi, Doug,
with a person of the complexity of Charles Here’s another reply to my letter on the omission
Lindbergh. of my father as one of C.A.L.’s financial backers
In recent years, there have been a number of from Von Hardesty’s book “Lindbergh: Flight’s
books on the Lindbergh kidnapping, where FBI Enigmatic Hero.” I’m glad to see that they, at
agents, amateur detectives, and celebrity foren- least, got the word out at the Lindbergh
sic scientists have revisited the event. With the Foundation meeting and that they will correct
limited space for my narrative, to the chagrin of any future editions of the book. If you have room
some I am sure, I did not give the kidnapping for it in an upcoming newsletter, could you run
story extended coverage, being content to see it at least the Addendum so our Society members
as a tragedy and a cautionary tale on perils of that have the book can have copies of it?
celebrity in American history. I had other priori- Sorry that I missed the Symposium in Oshkosh.
ties for the narrative. However, I did read Seems like that time of year we always have
exhaustively in the literature surrounding the something else that we have to do – like grand-
kidnapping, reaching the same conclusion as kid’s graduating from high school and college!
Charles Lindbergh himself (and echoed in Scott Maybe we'll make it next year.
Berg) that Bruno Hauptmann, in fact, was the Many thanks for your good work. Keep in touch.
kidnapper. Again, you have to make fateful deci- Best personal regards,
sions on interpretation, not just the details in Frank H. Robertson, Jr.
We recently faced these same problems at the Dear Mr. Robertson:
Museum with a new book on the centennial of I was the editor of “Lindbergh: Flight’s Enigmatic
flight, an anthology of great aviators and epic Hero” (published by Harcourt last fall), and I
flights. One source sent us the wrong photos write to apologize for the omission of your father
(they had the originals), an error we discovered from our list of backers of the “Spirit of St.
only at the eleventh hour. In this same book, I Louis.” The author and I deeply regret the omis-
should add, there was also a debate on whether sion and have taken steps to ensure that he is list-
one photo showed a Bleriot XI or a Bleriot XII. ed in any future reprint of the book.
We made a decision, but no doubt someone will I do hope that the author’s letter of February 11,
challenge us on this judgment call. One could 2003, was reassuring to you. I know that he was
add many other examples in books and museum terribly concerned when he first learned of the
exhibits. Error is a constant and unwelcome omission, and I think his letter provides ample
companion to all researchers. evidence of his conscientiousness.
I have taken this long aside to suggest that the On May 17, 2003, the San Diego Aerospace
writing of history is an art, not a science. I appre- Museum hosted the Lindbergh Foundation’s
ciate your kind letter. I anticipate that with any annual awards banquet. For that event, Tehabi
reprinting of the book, we will have a chance to was able to create an official addendum that was
correct this omission as well as the several errors inserted into each book that was given away. I
with the captions. have enclosed a copy with this letter. Additional
Whatever is said or done in the future, of course, copies have been given to the Lindbergh
does not touch on a fundamental reality – that Foundation so that they can include them in
your father played a pivotal role in Charles their copies of the book as well.
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 5
Thank you very much for sharing your concern.
Editor, Tehabi Books
They Got Questions...
Do You Have Answers?
My grandfather has a bust of Charles Lindbergh.
On the bottom of it, there is engraved the year
1927. The name of the sculptor is Jean Appleton.
I was wondering if this would be of any value to
anyone, or if it is just trash. It’s slightly worn, but
height - 7 inches
width (at shoulders) - 7 inches
(at top of head) - 3 inches
weight - between 3 and 3 1/2 pounds
material - bronze or pewter casting with plaster
condition - fairly good to good ... (There are a
few cracks on the casting on the shoulder,
behind the neck and on the right front collar.)
Please e-mail me back with any information.
Thank you for your time and help.
Perhaps a note to Mr. Brown could get an
addendum for copies that may have been pur-
Member Bill Chana also writes:
Doug, here’s another subject. I hate to take the
wind out of the sails of the Frank Robertson story, e-mail at email@example.com
but there were ten (not nine) who contributed to
the $15,000 raised for Lindbergh to buy an air- Dear Sir or Madam:
plane. Yes, Frank is right, his father was one of I am attaching three shots of an envelope I pur-
the contributors. My good friend, Von Hardesty, chased recently.
was wrong in not including Robertson, Sr. I am The envelope is “From the Home of Abraham
pleased to include a photo page that includes all Lincoln” (Springfield, Illinois) and is postmarked
ten participants. from Springfield on February 20, 1928.
The page includes none other than Charles A. I have determined that this envelope was carried
Lindbergh, who contributred $2,000 of his own during a commemorative flight made by
savings to the flight! Lindbergh over his old air mail route (St. Louis to
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 6
The back of the envelope has stamps from
Moweaqua and Chicago, Illinois.
The envelope is not in great condition.
Is there anyone associated with your group who Lindy quiz time; we should all know these, do
can give me an idea what such an envelope we?
might be worth? From USA WEEKEND of May 17-19, 2002
Thank you for your assistance. True or False? Answers on page 8.
Ron Stone 1. Lindbergh was the first pilot to cross the
Pueblo West, Colorado Atlantic.
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 2. The crossing was part of an Army test flight.
3. The famous flight took about 24 hours.
4. Lindbergh also helped start the space pro-
“Collectible” House of the Week
Member Ken Taylor writes: 5. In 1938, Nazi official Hermann Goering pre-
Hi, Doug, sented Lindbergh with a German medal of
I was going through my files and I ran across this honor.
copy of a real estate listing in the Wall Street 6. Congress reacted to the Lindbergh kidnapping
Journal. I don’t know the year but the description with a new law.
is self-expalnatory. I don’t know if this would
reproduce for the Newsletter, but I thought you From Plane and Pilot Magazine’s website, post-
and others might be interested. ed June 2000.
Ken How much DO you know? Answers on page 8.
1. In 1926 Charles Lindbergh decided to attempt
House of the Week / Darien, Conn. a solo nonstop crossing of the Atlantic. His
choice for the best airplane was:
b. Ford Trimotor
e. Travel Air
2. Lindbergh’s first choice of aircraft wasn’t
deemed suitable. Why?
a. It was too slow
b. It was too expensive
c. The fuel load was marginal
d. The engine wasn’t robust enough
3. The total time for Lindbergh’s flight from New
What: 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms in 5,700 square York to Paris was:
feet on 1.25 acres. a. 33 hours, 30 minutes, 29.8 seconds
Where: Darien, Conn.; 40 miles from Manhattan b. 26 hours, 14 minutes
Amenities: the property has views of Long Island b. 22 hours, 38 minutes
Sound and is located in an area known as Scott’s b. 19 hours, 28 minutes
Cove. 4. True or False? The engine and navigation logs
Asking Price: $7.5 million for this famous trip reside in the Smithsonian
Sound familiar? What a great place to display 5. What was Lindbergh’s cost for the “Spirit of St.
all those wonderful Lindy Collectibles! Louis”?
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 2 PAGE 7
a. $6,000 USA WEEKEND Answers: 1. False. Other pilots
b. $9,270 had crossed the ocean before him, but he was the
c. $10,580 first to do it alone, non-stop. 2. False. In 1919, a
d. $12,450 New York hotel owner offered $25,00 to the first
6. The “Spirit of St. Louis” doesn’t have a wind- aviator to fly non-stop from New York to Paris.
shield. Why? Several pilots were killed or hurt in the attempt. 3.
a. The airplane was lighter without a windshield. False. It took 33 1/2 hours. 4. True. Lindbergh
b. The engine intruded into the space where the helped obtain support for the rocket research of
Robert Goddard, whose experiments led to the
windshield should have been.
development of space travel. 5. True. In 1941, he
c. Fuel tanks were placed where the window
joined the America First Committee, which
should have been.
opposed U.S. entry into World War II. He charged
d. Lindbergh was superstitious. that Bristish and Jewish groups were leading
7. How long did it take Ryan Aircraft to build the America into war. 6. True. Bruno Hauptmann was
“Spirit of St. Louis” from acceptance of the order convicted of the crime and executed in 1936. The
to the completion of the aircraft? case gave birth to the “Lindbergh Law,” which
a. Two months made kidnapping a federal offense if the victim was
b. Three months taken across state lines or if ransom demands were
c. Four months mailed.
d. Five months Plane and Pilot Magazine Answers: 1. a. Lindbergh
8. How much fuel did Lindbergh start with on was initially interested in Guiseppe Bellanca’s new
his trip across the Atlantic? monoplane, but ended up with a custom-designed
a. 300 gallons Ryan. Many recommended that Lindbergh fly a
b. 450 gallons Trimotor for safety. 2. b. Bellanca wanted $25,000
c. 350 gallons for the airplane, but was willing to discount the
d. 250 gallons price by $10,000. The $15,000 asking price was
9. How much was the prize that was offered to the amount Lindbergh had budgeted for the entire
the first person who successfully crossed the program including the flight. 3. a. Lindbergh was
awake for 63 hours. 4. False. The engine and navi-
gation logs were stolen by someone in the crowd at
LeBourget the day Lindbergh landed in Paris. Their
whereabouts are unknown. 5. c. The Ryan’s basic
c. $75,000 airframe was $6000. With the Wright J-5 engine
d. $100,000 and instruments, the price was $10,580. 6. c. A fuel
10. What trade-off did Lindbergh make regard- tank was originally designed to be placed in the
ing engine oil in order to save weight? mail compartment behind the pilot. for increased
a. He decided not to take five gallons of oil. safety, Lindbergh preferred to be behind the engine
b. He used a special oil that was 1.4 lbs. per gal- and fuel tank, so the cockpit and storage areas were
lon lighter. reversed. 7. a “The Spirit of St. Louis”, a different
c. He carried oil in the cockpit and added it as airplane than Ryan had previously built, was com-
needed. pleted in just 60 days from the date work began. 8.
d. He used a mixture of engine oil and gasoline. b. Upon landing in Paris, Lindbergh had just
11. How old was Lindbergh when he made this enough fuel for another 8 to 10 hours of flight. 9. a.
flight? Lindbergh took off a few days before he was offi-
a. 25 cially eligible for the Orteig prize, but he was
b. 28 awarded it anyway. 10. a. By only filling 20 gallons
c. 30 of the 25 gallons of oil that the plane’s engine
d. 34 required, Lindbergh saved 36 pounds, which he
used for fuel. 11. a. He was born on January 4,
12. True or False? Lindbergh used a custom-
1902. 12. False. Lindbergh didn’t use a sextant. He
made sextant for navigation over the ocean.
used dead (deduced) reckoning.
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 8
Features Lindbergh Landing
Rowland Hall/John Dirks
I thoroughly enjoyed the latest CAL / NX 211
¡simposio 2004 de la sociedad newsletter, particularly the Kohn article. Without
que se sostendrá en Cancún, detracting from it, I would point out that the
Curtiss P-6C aircraft was powered by a D-12
México! engine of 1145 cubic inch displacement and 435
2004 Society Symposium to be HP, not the 1550 CID Conqueror. The question
as to why Buffalo rather than Mitchel (not
held in Cancún, Mexico! Mitchell) Field? Probably because both the air-
Our CANCUN SYMPOSIUM is going to take craft and the engine were manufactured there by
place May 13 - 16, 2004! Curtiss. I think it is great that we still have peo-
Tentative schedule: ple like Mr. Kohn who dig deep and come up
May 12 (Wednesday): Early arrivals. with these priceless accounts of little-known
May 13: Board meeting at the hotel. incidents to share with serious students of avia-
May 14: General Business meeting, show & tell tion history.
at hotel and special presentation on CAL in It is possible that the enclosure tells a story
Mexico and Latin America. already familiar to you. I had flown over Athens,
May 15: Tour to Tulum and Xel-Ha. Official din- Illinois, a number of times during my four-year
ner. project of exploring CAM No. 2, but little did I
May 16 (Sunday): Departures. realize that there was an eye witness to the inci-
Hotel rates: The Society will receive a special dent living only a short distance away. I guess
group hotel rate of $90 USD per night on double you would say that I stumbled across John Dirks
occupancy. This price includes breakfast and just a few months ago. Over the course of sever-
hotel taxes. al phone conversations with him, I became so
Hotel selection: Hotel name will be announced intrigued with this 93-year-old man and his story
as soon as possible, as we are settling details that I made the 210-mile drive down there last
with a couple of alternatives. The hotel will be a week to meet him. It was one of the most heart-
4-star beach front hotel in Cancún Hotel Strip. warming experiences I have ever had in my 87
Air Transportation: Members attending should years. To stand with him by this open field and
make airline reservations to fly into Cancún, hear him relate in the greatest detail the account
Mexico International Airport (CUN). that follows was like I had been transported back
Airport/Hotel/Airport transportation: Because in time over 76 years!
of the diverse potential arrivals, airport/
hotel/transportation will not be group transfers February 23, 2003
but by each member when he or she arrives in “Many years ago, I would say probably in
Cancún. A specialized transportation company October of 1926, we lived right on the airmail
will offer us a special symposium rate. route that went from St. Louis to Springfield and
Bringing collectibles into Mexico: The Cancún then to Chicago. One evening while doing my
symposium will have limited collectibles show- chores on the farm, we saw an airplane come
and-tell. It is suggested that members bring down. The first thing we did was we went to the
reduced numbers of items as most of the trans- plane to see what happened. Well the plane
portation will be air transportation. came down of course and the only thing we
More details will be announced in the next NL, knew that happened was he just came down.
including final hotel, cut-off dates, symposium The first thing the man asked us was if we could
registration fees and other information. take his mail to Springfield. Well first we did that
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 9
and then that evening he came back with us and
he stayed all night with us. Of course we didn’t
know who the man was. We knew he was an
aviator pilot, probably airmail. He stayed all
night with us and the next morning we had to
call him for breakfast. He came down, had
breakfast and we had a nice visit. He decided
“well maybe we better go see if I can get the
plane started.” We went to the plane and there
he worked on the engine not very long, a very
few minutes. He said, “Well I think it will go
now.” He tried to start it and, of course, at that
time planes didn’t have an electrical starter or
anything like that, they had to start it with a pro- The photograph shows John on the left and me
peller. So he worked with it for quite a while. Of sitting at the same table where the Dirks Family
course, he had to set the propeller at a certain shared their supper and breakfast with their
position and then he would go back around to unexpected young guest who dropped in from
the cockpit and be sure that the ignition was off the sky. I can well imagine how some of you col-
and he would set the choke on and then he lectors would like to get your hands on it!
would go around and turn this propeller several
rounds to get it to the right position and then he
would walk clear around the wing and give the The Lindbergh Trailer
propeller one pull and either it would start ok or Gerry and Carole Gariepy
if not he would have to go through the whole Anne Morrow Lindbergh”s “War Within and
procedure again. After so long a time of that, he Without” contains her journal accounts of the
told me, “Come over here. You get in this plane war years when CAL was a consultant for Ford
and I will tell you what to do.” I wasn’t too keen Motor Company at the Willow Run plant in
going, I wasn’t more than a youngster, but they Michigan where the B-24’s were built. Charles
will try anything. So I crawled into the plane and moved his family to a temporary rental property
he told me what to do. He said, “I will set this in Bloomfield within commuting distance of his
throttle on the side here so it won’t run too fast.” work and placed a house trailer in the backyard
Well that sounded awful good to me. After a to serve as a writing studio for Anne. She often
while I had all the controls, turned the ignition referred to the trailer in her journals as her pri-
on, controlled the choke and everything and vate haven and place of retreat. On our recent
finally he got the thing started and about the first trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn,
or second cough that engine made, I started out Michigan we saw that trailer and learned its
of the plane because I didn’t know what could whole story.
happen. We came to find out this man was none
other than Charles Lindbergh. At that time he
was an airmail pilot, and then the following May
is when he made his flight to Paris. Of course,
then he did fly the mail again a few times and I
never will forget that every time he would fly
over he would dip the wing and wave even after
he made that historic flight to Paris. He was a
very common individual.”
Courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI
CAL/N-X-211 VOLUME MMIII No. 3 PAGE 10
Henry Ford bought the camping trailer for the he registered them on a piece of wood that was
museum he was organizing. Camping with a always with them – the plywood undersurface of
house trailer was a new concept at that time, and the top kitchen drawer! The dates of each trip
new ideas fascinated Mr. Ford. In 1942, when he are carefully listed and the initials of those who
heard that Anne needed a private place for writ- went. The list shows that they visited 36 states.
ing, he removed it from the museum and gave it (The over-turned drawer with the trailer’s itiner-
to Charles for their use. In 1944 the trailer ary is in a glass case displayed in front of the
moved with them to Westport, Conn., and then trailer.)
in 1946 to Scott Cove, Conn., and finally in
1947 to Darien, Conn.
CAL must have been pleased with the quality of
the trailer. It is framed in wood and is canvas-
covered, similar to the construction of a canvas
canoe. The entry door at the side of the trailer
led into a large room that contained the living
room and kitchen. There is a good-sized couch,
which probably opened up to make a double
bed, and the kitchen looked very adequate with
its stove, sink, icebox and wooden cupboards. A
bathroom with a chemical toilet was in the small
room to the right of the living room, and the din-
ing area was at the left of the kitchen. Probably,
the seats and table there converted into a sleep-
ing place also. The overall size appears to be
about 20 feet long.
Courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI
The wonderful little trailer home allowed them
to live in their beloved place while they traveled
and provided them with more privacy than they
would have had if they’d registered at a hotel. In
1957, when they no longer used the trailer,
Charles wrote to his old friend Henry and asked
him if he’d like the trailer back for the museum.
(The letter is exhibited in the case beside the
drawer.) Of course, Henry wanted the trailer for
the museum. The fact that Charles and Anne
Lindbergh used it certainly increased its value. It
is now an important piece of memorabilia –
Courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI obvious to any visitor by the number of people
who gather around to view it.
Beyond using the trailer for her writing studio, We are impressed by the number of places we
she and Charles used it for traveling in the visit that have something about CAL included in
United States. In typical CAL fashion, he docu- their exhibits. He touched so many lives.
mented all the trips they took with the trailer, and
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The Spirit Flies Again! hours and 28 minutes. The fire engines shooting
water, the crowd, the antique car was all great
Dan Clemons fun to watch. The landing was a 4 on a scale of
On Saturday, August 16, 2003, the San Diego 1 to 10. That 46-foot wing span just wants to
Aerospace Museum’s replica of the Ryan “Spirit keep that plane in the float.
of St. Louis” took flight for the first time since
1979 with Captain Roger Baker at the controls.
The flight was made in celebration of the 75th
anniversary of Lindbergh Field at San Diego
International Airport. Charles A. Lindbergh’s his-
toric 1927 transatlantic flight in the original
“Spirit of St. Louis” galvanized public enthusi-
asm for the potential of air travel. The Museum’s
plane is the only known replica built by three of
the original builders of the “Spirit of St. Louis”.
The first picture is the Donald Hall exhibit show-
ing some of his drafting tools used to make draw-
ings of the “Spirit of St. Louis”. The second pic-
ture is of the total exhibit with the Airports “Spirit
of St. Louis” #15.
It was GREAT seeing the San Diego Aerospace
Museum’s “Spirit of St. Louis” #9 fly. I have
longed to hear the sound of a Wright Whirlwind
J-5 rotary engine that Lindbergh heard for 489
Courtesy of Dan Clemons
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Replica of Lindbergh’s plane of one of the two most important airplanes in
aviation,” Baker said. The other aircraft was
flies again Wilbur and Orville Wright’s Flyer, which made
By James Steinberg, San Diego Union- the first heavier-than-air flight 100 years ago this
Tribune, August 14, 2003 December.
sent by Paul Erickson The Spirit’s 1930 nine-cylinder, 223-horsepower
A replica of Charles A. Lindbergh’s history-mak- Wright Whirlwind J-5A engine was started for
ing “Spirit of St. Louis” took to the air for the first the first time in 24 years on August 1. “It hic-
time in 24 years during a test flight yesterday. coughed a couple of times and spit a little car-
The flight lasted 19 minutes, and the plane bon out the exhaust and then purred,” Witter
climbed to 2,000 feet before making a “perfect said.
three-point landing,” said Bruce Bleakley, the The replica was disassembled July 2 in the
San Diego Aerospace Museum’s executive direc- Aerospace Museum rotunda, where it has been
tor. on display for nearly a quarter-century. It was
Roger Baker, a retired United Airlines pilot, then trucked from Balboa Park to Gillespie Field,
made the test flight and will pilot the plane into where it was inspected piece by piece and
Lindbergh Field Saturday as part of the airport’s reassembled.
75th anniversary celebration. Baker said the only things replaced were the
People near the downtown airport on Saturday cables leading from the cockpit to the aircraft’s
will have two opportunities to see it airborne. control surfaces on the wing and tail, and the
The first will be about noon, when it lands, and load-bearing fasteners that hold the aircraft
the other about 3 p.m., when it takes off. together.
The airport was dedicated August 16, 1928, little Baker, who flew 877,000-pound Boeing 747s
more than a year after Lindbergh made the first commercially, is an avid small-plane pilot. The
nonstop flight from New York to Paris. His 3,600 Spirit replica he will fly weighs 1,950 pounds,
mile journey across the Atlantic took 33 1/2 about 200 pounds less than the original. It has a
hours. smaller fuel tank and a rear wheel instead of a
The aircraft has a special link to Lindbergh. Four skid, but it is otherwise identical to Lindbergh’s
of the Ryan Airlines employees who built the plane.
original 1927 “Spirit of St. Louis” in San Diego And, like the original, the replica had no forward
were among the Aerospace Museum volunteers visibility and very little ground maneuvering
who built the 1979 replica. capability. It also is clumsy to handle, he said
Saturday’s flight will be a relatively brief one, after yesterday’s test.
departing Gillespie Field in El Cajon about 11:30 “This plane was designed with a narrow focus to
a.m. with a noon landing at Lindbergh Field. accomplish just one thing – go a long way with-
Baker will park the plane at the airport’s com- out stopping,” Baker said. Other factors, includ-
muter terminal, where the aircraft will be on dis- ing pilot comfort, had low priority.
play until 2:30 p.m. Baker will take the plane
back to Gillespie Field at 3 p.m.
The aircraft made seven brief flights shortly after
it was built and was then installed in the
Aerospace Museum rotunda.
Those short hops, for a total air time of 2 hours
and 40 minutes, were all in and out of Lindbergh
Field, said Gordon Witter, the Aerospace
Museum’s chairman emeritus and project officer
for Saturday’s flight.
“This aircraft is an incredibly accurate (replica)
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Another Spirit’s Last Flight Lindbergh Symposium to
Submitted by Gene Weisenberg Celebrate 100th Anniversary
A Spirit replica based in Sweden crashed on May
31, 2003, killing the pilot, who was 59 years old of Flight
with 21,200 total hours. He had logged 190 of FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 22, 2003) In celebra-
those hours on the plane type he was flying. The tion of the 100th anniversary of flight, a
details of the accident are included here. The Lindbergh Symposium will be held Saturday,
information source is the AAIB field investigation November 15, 2003, at Florida Gulf Coast
report. University in Fort Myers, Fla. The symposium,
The aircraft was a replica of the Ryan “Spirit of St titled “Wings to Lift the World,” will feature sev-
Louis”, in which Charles Lindbergh made the eral well-known speakers associated with
first solo transatlantic crossing in 1927. ES-XCL Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and
was built in 1997 from drawings used in the con- will focus on significant achievements in avia-
struction of the flying replica displayed at the tion history and the Lindberghs’ shared vision of
San Diego Aerospace Museum. a balance between technological advancement
Shortly after take off from Runway 23 at and environmental preservation.
Coventry Airport, whilst climbing and manoeu- Confirmed speakers for the event include:
vring gently to begin its display sequence, the Jim Fowler, a Lindbergh Award recipient, inter-
aircraft’s right wing suffered a major structural nationally noted naturalist, authority on predato-
failure and the aircraft fell steeply into an indus- ry birds and media spokesman for wildlife con-
trial compound bordering the airfield. The pilot servation. Fowler earned international acclaim
survived the impact, but died shortly afterwards for his work as co-host and host of “Mutual of
from his injuries. Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” and later the “Spirit of
Examination of the aircraft wreckage quickly Adventure” program.
determined that the outboard end of a tubular Sergei Sikorsky, early pioneer in the helicopter
steel wishbone strut, which locates and supports search and rescue field, past vice president of
both the upper end of the right landing gear United Technologies Sikorsky Aircraft USA.
shock strut and the lower end of the forward Sergei Sikorsky is the son of Igor Sikorsky, who
right wing strut, had failed in flight as a result of invented and flew the world’s first practical oper-
fatigue cracking. This failure had permitted the ational helicopter and worked with Charles
landing gear and its shock strut, together with Lindbergh on the early amphibian aircraft that
the lower end of the forward lift strut, to articu- paved the way for future commercial interna-
late upward and outward. The resulting move- tional air travel.
ment not only rendered the lift strut ineffective, Dr. Richard Hallion, the eminent aviation histo-
but also induced a severe levering-type contact rian and author of “Taking Flight; Inventing the
between the side of the shock strut and the right Aerial Age.” Dr. Hallion is the author of many
wheel rim, fracturing the axle and allowing the admired books on aviation, including the history
wheel to separate and fall free. The sudden dis- of the Guggenheim Fund for which he conferred
location of the wing strut resulted in an immedi- with Charles Lindbergh just before Lindbergh’s
ate overload failure of the forward (wooden) spar death.
at its attachment to the fuselage, and conse- Kristina Lindbergh, granddaughter of Charles
quential failure of the remaining inboard wing and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
structure, as the forward part of the wing twisted Welcome and opening remarks: Margaret
upward and rearward. Detailed investigation Eiluned Morgan, niece of Charles A. and Anne
into the underlying cause of the fatigue failure is Morrow Lindbergh and president of The Earth
ongoing, and a full report into this accident will Shine Institute and Lindbergh Symposium.
be published as an AAIB Bulletin in due course. Closing Remarks: Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of
Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, award-
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winning author, and president of The Charles A. sion is to honor the lifelong partnership between
and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh in aviation,
“The 2003 Lindbergh Symposium will celebrate writing and their shared commitment to the
the 100th anniversary of powered flight and cel- advancement of scientific knowledge they
ebrate ‘balance’: balance of heritage and hori- helped pioneer, while maintaining a long-term
zon, insight and foresight, nature and technolo- respect for the environment they cherished. The
gy, and how all it came together at Kitty Hawk in Lindbergh Foundation administers three types of
1903, and how it all still comes together in pow- programs: Lindbergh Grants; an annual honorary
ered flight today,” said Margaret Eiluned Lindbergh Award for lifetime achievement, and a
Morgan, niece of the Lindberghs and president variety of educational programs and publica-
of the symposium. tions, all dedicated to the Lindberghs’ philoso-
The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., phy of balance between technology and the
with a reception and book signing with the environment. More information on the
speakers from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The admission Foundation and the Lindberghs is available on
fee is $50, which includes all speaker sessions, the Foundation Web site at:
lunch, refreshments and the reception/book- www.lindberghfoundation.org.
signing. Books authored by symposium speak- Additional information about the 100th anniver-
ers, as well as the Lindberghs, will be available sary of flight can be found on the Web at:
for purchase at the reception/book-signing, and www.centennialofflight.gov.
several speakers are invited to participate in the Additional Background on Symposium Title,
signing. “Wings to Lift the World”:
More information and a registration form are Charles Lindbergh was one of the first people to
available on the Web at: www.earthshineinsti- receive the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
tute.com. Registration forms can also be request- after Orville Wright’s passing in 1948. Charles
ed by phone at (239) 334-2154, ext. 125 or e- Lindbergh met Orville Wright shortly after
mail at: email@example.com. Charles’ historic solo flight from New York-to-
The Lindbergh Symposium is presented by The Paris in 1927 and served for many years on the
Earth Shine Institute, a supporting organization Board of NACA (the precursor of NASA). So on
of The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh December 17, 1949, in the closing sentences of
Foundation. Additional event sponsors and sup- his acceptance speech for the Wright Brothers
porters include The Charles A. and Anne Memorial Trophy, Charles Lindbergh was not just
Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, the Lee Island honoring an American icon who gave mankind
Coast Tourist Development Council, Florida Gulf a new dimension to explore, but also someone
Coast University, Northern Trust Bank and the he knew, admired and called friend.
Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “In honoring the Wright Brothers, it is proper and
The Earth Shine Institute was founded in 2002, customary to emphasize their contribution to
the 75th anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh’s scientific progress. But I believe it is equally
historic solo New York-to-Paris flight. The important to emphasize the qualities in their pio-
Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization based in neering life and the character in man that such a
Florida that serves as a supporting organization life produced. The Wright Brothers balanced
of The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh success with modesty; science with simplicity.
Foundation and presents educational and cultur- At Kitty Hawk, their intellects and senses worked
al programs in Southwest Florida that further the in mutual support. They represented man in bal-
shared vision of Charles A. and Anne Morrow ance. And from that balance came wings to lift
Lindbergh. a world,” Lindbergh said.
The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors
Foundation is an international non-profit organi- Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was
zation based in Anoka, Minnesota, whose mis- born in 1945 and grew up with her three broth-
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ers and her sister in Connecticut. Mrs. daily maximum capacity of the park at 35,000
Lindbergh graduated from Radcliffe College in attendees in order to provide the best visitor
1968 and moved to Vermont, where she has experience.
been teaching, writing and raising a family ever Ticket breakout per day is:
since. She is the award-winning author of 17 Friday Dec. 12 – non-ticketed day
books for children and five books for adults. She Saturday Dec. 13 – 23,533 tickets
is the president of The Charles A. and Anne Sunday, Dec. 14 – 23,323 tickets
Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, a Minnesota Monday, Dec. 15 – 23,417 tickets
non-profit organization seeking balance Tuesday, Dec. 16 – 24,950 tickets
between technological advancement and envi- Wednesday, Dec. 17 – 31,646 tickets
ronmental wisdom. She lives near St. Johnsbury, The majority of tickets sold to date have been in
Vermont, with her husband, Nathaniel Tripp, five-day package increments, accounting for
and their family. 22,879 tickets each day. Fewer buyers pur-
Mrs. Lindbergh will offer closing remarks for the chased individual day tickets. December 17 had
symposium. the highest number of individual day sales with
Contact: Kelly Powell, (239) 415-3155 or (239) 8,767 tickets.
633-2238 for information. Individual one-day tickets are $10 per day. If an
individual adult purchases entrance tickets for
Be sure to check out The Marketplace for great all five days at the time of original purchase, the
Foundation items at great Society prices! package price is a one-time fee of $25.
However, once 35,000 tickets have been sold for
First Flight Centennial any of the days, the five-day ticket packages will
no longer be available. Individual one-day tick-
Celebration ets for the four previous days will still be avail-
December 12 - 17, 2003 able for purchase at $10 per day until the
Kill Devil Hills, NC, September 29, 2003 35,000-ticket limit has been reached for each of
Ticket sales for the First Flight Centennial those days.
Celebration continue to ascend as people from Senior citizens, age 62 and over, and disabled
all over the world plan to come to the very site individuals may purchase a daily ticket for $5
where the historic first manned, powered, con- each, while available. Incentive package price
trolled flights were made by Orville and Wilbur for all five days is $20.
Wright. As of September 28, with less than Although children age 12 and under are free,
eighty days to go, 126,869 tickets have been they will still need a ticket to enter the park.
sold for the First Flight Centennial Celebration, The ticket entitles the ticket holder to shuttle
taking place December 12-17, 2003 at Wright transportation between Wright Brothers National
Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, Memorial and designated remote parking sites
NC. ,plus access to all buildings, grounds, exhibits
“We encourage those who haven’t done so to and performances open to the general public at
purchase their tickets as soon as possible,” said the memorial during the event. Seating is not
Lawrence A. Belli, Superintendent of the included in the price; and may be rented on site.
National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group. Tickets are currently available online at
“Tickets are still available for all days. The http://www.wrightbrothers.reserveworld.com or
National Park Service, the State of North by calling 1-800-973-7327, or (301) 722-1257
Carolina and all of our centennial partners have for callers outside of the United States.
created a memorable and fitting celebration in All of the most recent information on the First
honor of these two brothers who changed the Flight Centennial Celebration can be accessed at
world.” the Centennial website, www.firstflightcentenni-
Belli also added that event planners have set the al.org. For information on accommodations,
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check the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau website at Wednesday, December 17
www.outerbanks.org or call their toll-free num- 12 SECONDS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
ber at (877) 298-4373. The celebration will culminate with EAA’s re-
Contact: Erin Porter, Centennial Planning Office creation of the single-most significant moment of
Tel: (252) 441-6291, ext. 224 the last century – the Wright Brothers’ first
ErinPorterNPS@aol.com heavier-than-air powered flight which took off at
Schedule of Events precisely 10:35 a.m. and lasted 12 seconds,
Friday, December 12 traveling 120 feet. The Wright Experience team
IGNITING THE IMAGINATION will re-enact the first flight with an authentic
This day is designed to inspire the next genera- reproduction of the 1903 Flyer. Later that day,
tion of aviators by engaging children of all ages Harry B. Combs, noted pilot, author, and former
in the power of flight. Highlights include inter- president of Gates Learjet Corporation will
acting with NASA; interviews with the Wright donate a full-scale, authentic reproduction of the
Family children; Candy Bomber demonstrations; 1903 Wright Flyer to the National Park Service.
a chance to soar with the EAA Young Eagles; and Dignitaries, celebrities, and aviation legends will
performance by the Raleigh Boy Choir. The only be on hand to celebrate and commemorate this
non-ticketed day. School Groups Register Here. occasion. Highlights include a 100-Plane Flyby
Saturday and Sunday, December 13-14 (spaced throughout the day), Millionth EAA
REMEMBER THE PAST, IMAGINE THE FUTURE Young Eagle flight with retired Brigadier General
This two-day festival will celebrate aviation’s Chuck Yeager. Second show starts at 2 p.m.
impact over the last century. Features include
appearances by historic aviators; exhibits; air- Traveling Lindbergh exhibit
craft demonstrations; 100-person jump team;
skywriting competition; wing-walker team; and begins its final week at EAA
“The Temptations” on the Main Stage at 1 p.m. (next stop: Raleigh, NC)
By Jim Collar of The Northwestern
Monday, December 15
More than 100,000 people made their way
PROTECTING THE HOME OF THE BRAVE
through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s
Celebrating the impact of aviation in the military,
AirVenture Museum this summer to grab a
this day is designed to honor those men and
glance at history.
women who developed and flew military aircraft
John Sepka of Eagle River quickly learned why
through the years. Highlights include military
Saturday afternoon. While Stepka didn’t come to
aircraft dating back to World War I, participation
Oshkosh specifically to see the traveling Charles
from the U.S. military stationed around the
Lindbergh exhibit, he was amazed at how the
world, and Aaron Tippin on the Main Stage at 1
attraction captured the life of the famed aviator.
p.m. (Monday). There will be a skydiving pres-
“This is beautiful,” he said, “I’ve already learned
a few things about Lindbergh that I didn’t know
Tuesday, December 16
IN HISTORY’S FOOTSTEPS, CELEBRATING 100
There is still one week to see the exhibition on
the life of Lindbergh. The exhibit remains open
The North Carolina Centennial special commit-
through Oct. 5. Adam Smith, director of the
tee will hold a ceremony to honor 100 aviation
AirVenture Museum, said the exhibit was the
heroes, as selected by the commission. In addi-
largest undertaking in the museum’s history and
tion, the historic contributions of these individu-
it’s been a great success.
als will be examined through film and exhibits.
Lindbergh is one figure who’s never fallen from
Also included will be a performance of “Riding
the public’s curiosity. He drew international
the Winds of December” by the Dare County
fame in 1927 by becoming the first person to
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complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
He left New York in the “Spirit of St. Louis” on
May 20 and landed in Paris 33 hours later.
The collection of close to 400 personal artifacts
from Lindbergh’s life came to Oshkosh on loan
from the Missouri Historical Society. Many of News
those artifacts were open to display for the first
time in decades.
Visitors can view the flight suit Lindbergh wore Summer in Oshkosh
on the historic flight. Lindbergh’s Pulitzer Prize,
other awards and even some run-of-the-mill
by Rosemary Zuern
items line the exhibit walls. Artifacts range from Hello, Collector Friends,
a stick of gum that made the flight in Lindbergh’s We certainly have enjoyed a number of visitors
pocket to the many gifts showered on him fol- here in Oshkosh since the Symposium in May.
lowing the trek. Of course, the large EAA Fly In always attracts a
“It’s been a very good year for us, and we like to lot of our society members and other friends.
think that the exhibit played a role,” Smith said. Member Bob Hurd and Tonya Hensley came
“It was a chance to encourage people to visit again this year to set up their two tents in the Fly
Oshkosh and do something special for the cen- Market and sell aviation memorabilia, sun glass-
tennial of flight.” es and jewelry. Dave and I worked for them
EAA brought the exhibit to Oshkosh both in again this year. This area becomes a stopping off
recognition of flight’s centennial and the muse- point for many of our acquaintances.
um’s 20th anniversary. The exhibit will move to Member Steve Marquette from Mt. Prospect, IL
Raleigh, N.C., in recognition of centennial had hoped to finish his Fire Star to fly to
events taking place there. Oshkosh, but he did not quite get it completed
Smith said the success of the exhibit could lead so he will plan to fly it in next year ... and hope
to other major exhibitions in the future. With the for a prize.
museum’s limited scope of aviation, however, Member Bud Rogers from Stoughton, Wl (about
it’s difficult to imagine any other exhibits that 90 miles southwest of Oshkosh) works in the
could rival the Lindbergh collection, he said. “It ultra light area at EAA. He is an ultra light pilot
was certainly a learning experience, and part of and has his own craft, as well as a large motor
it was determining if we could make it a suc- home which he uses to travel the United States
cess,” Smith said. “It’s certainly been a positive and to visit aviation museums. We enjoy receiv-
experience for us.” ing cards from him as he travels. Bud is a retired
Several people school teacher, but still does some subbing.
look around the Our Society VP, Joena Meier and her school
Charles Lindbergh chum Willy and his nephew came to EAA and
Exhibit at the EAA camped as they normally do. Willy and Joena
AirVenture grew up together and share the interest in flying
Museum. created by their parents. Joena still flys the fami-
ly Stinson aircraft. Both look for collectibles and
Willy is always looking for Modeling magazines.
Joena is from Jacksonville, IL.
ROAD TRIP!!! I for one am l traveling to Kitty Member Pat Doty and her husband Bill flew in
Hawk, North Carolina via Raleigh in December from Florida for the week. We always enjoy see-
this year. The exhibit will be in Raleigh at the ing them each year. Pat loves to search the ven-
North Carolina Museum of History from dor areas for jewelry and other artifacts for her
November 8, 2003 through February 1, 2004. collection.
Bill Signs flew up from Dallas, Texas with his
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friend, Alice. You will recall that Bill reenacted great idea that turned out to be, and it was real-
Lindbergh’s flight on the 70th anniversary – ly nice to have him so recognized. Dave and I
crossing the Atlantic in his single engine Cessna. consider Dave Jameson one of our good friends.
It was good to see Bill again and a number of us The traveling Lindbergh display is marvelous,
shared an evening dinner at the Fin ‘n Feather in and it is just wonderful to have it here in our
Winneconne, about 10 miles from Oshkosh on backyard. EAA got it at a cost of $60,000-plus,
the Fox River. and it is here until early October. Watch for it in
Bill and Claudia Allen came from San Diego. a city close to you. It has all of those items we
They are also EAA members and were honored have seen only in the booklets.
on the night of the “Gathering of Eagles” cere- Verne Jobst, longtime “Spirit” replica pilot, and
mony. Nice! They have two lovely Dietz pieces chief pilot on the 1977 tour, was on hand at the
of their art on display at the EAA Museum. It was Fly In for presentations. He has a number of
fun seeing them again, and we spent a couple of responsibilities, and this is always a busy time
hours with them at our firehouse. They had for him.
always been such great hosts when the Society Dan Witkoff and his two artist friends, all from
met in San Diego, sharing their wonderful California, had space in the Fly Market, and they
hangar home and memorabilia. sold their art work again. They do wonderful
Dave Mars from Jackson, MS comes to Bob work. Dave and I couldn’t resist and we had to
Hurd’s Aviation Antique Mall tent every year to make a couple of purchases.
purchase “stuff,” so we got to see him again. Two weeks ago Duane Jacobson sent an e-mail
I had a nice visit, again this year, with Mark and said he and Rachel and daughter Anna were
Miller from Vickery, Ohio. Mark has been with planning a visit to see the Lindbergh display.
the railroad and he also farms. He visited Dick They loved it. We also met at the firehouse for a
and Janet Hoerle when Dick was selling his tour – and I had my ‘61 Chev convertible. Duane
Lindbergh collection. said Anna had never ridden in a convertible so
Don Kise from Minnesota has a really neat plane we topped off their visit and gave a ride to her
pedalcar which he shared with us in Minnesota and Duane. Good to see those folks again.
the first time we met with the Charles A. and By the way, Erik Lindbergh was at Air Venture
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He did not 2003, also. The people he was staying with
make it to Oshkosh, but his son stopped by the called at the last minute, to see if he could see
tent to send his greetings. my collection the night before he left. Alas, we
Member Dave Lammers and his wife, Katy, were could not work it in. It is pretty bad when our
in for the Fly In. Dave is one of the “Spirit” repli- hero’s grandson is turned down. Maybe next
ca pilots. Dave and I were privileged to each time.
have a ride with him in the “Spirit”. The As you can see, it has been busy here in
Lammers live in Marion, IA. Oshkosh. I have rambled on a bit, but I do hope
Chris Ogren was in from Iowa, too, and I missed you’ve enjoyed these small member profiles.
her visit at the tent. However, she and three of
her friends flew in and toured our firehouse, and
the Lindbergh display earlier in July.
Speaking of the Lindbergh traveling display, Welcome, New Members!
Dave and I attended the pre-opening event for Gary Gray Michael Cullen
the ribbon cutting. That evening, Paul 1705 Charter Ave. 1008 Gibraltor Ave.
Poberezny, son Tom; EAA President, Adam Smith Portage, MI 49024 Fargo, ND 58102
and Verne Jobst gave short talks. During this
time, they nicely recognized our Dave Jameson Richard Sanders Allen
who spawned the idea, when on the EAA Board, 831A Stewart Ave.
to reenact Lindbergh’s flight in 1977. What a Lewiston, ID 83501
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Captain Eddie’s House neer. He helped develop Convair’s XFY-1 Pogo,
XF2Y-1 Sea Dart, XF-92A and Atlas missile.
Member Dick Hoerle has been busy in
Chana has been on the board of directors of the
Columbus, volunteering time to create a “repli-
San Diego Aerospace Museum for more than 34
ca” of Captain Eddie Rickenbacher’s boyhood
years and served as president from 1996-98. He
home and sends the following:
is also a member of the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers,
Here is a picture of the Rickenbacher House.
the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Still some things to be done, but, we are walking
Astronautics and the Society of Automotive
people through it. Thought you (and other mem-
bers) may be interested. It is exact except for the
The EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame was found-
ed in 1993.
Janet & Dick
and founding member
of EAA Chapter 14
Congratulations, Bill. What an honor!
Member Bill Chana Named to
EAA’s Fame Hall Design of the Times
from the Pacific Flyer, July 2003 from the Flyer, official newsletter of the
Renowned Convair flight test engineer William F. National Air and Space Society
“Bill” Chana, 82, has been selected for induction Stanley King, successful designer and business-
into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame this man, has donated a priceless collection of
fall. Lindbergh memorabilia to the National Air and
Chana, who lives in San Diego, Calif. with his Space Museum.
wife, Norine, was notified of the honor by EAA King, owner of Stanley King Design Studios, a
President, Tom Poberezny. The induction cere- decorative fabric design studio in New York, and
mony will take place at EAA headquarters in one of the major design forces in his field for half
Oshkosh, Wisc. this Oct. 24. a century, has amassed a collection of nearly
He is being honored for his role as a founding 800 pieces of Lindbergh memorabilia.
member of EAA Chapter 14, which still meets At the time that Charles Lindbergh made his tri-
monthly at San Diego’s Brown Field. He not only umphant transatlantic flight in 1927, King was
contributed to the growth of the homebuilt air- an infant. Yet, as he grew up, something about
craft movement on the West Coast, he test flew Lindbergh and the courage it took for him to
the prone-pilot Wee Bee, which the Guinness make the flight fascinated King. As an adult he
Book of World Records listed as the world’s began collecting items commemoratiing the
lightest airplane. flight. And they abounded, anything Lindbergh’s
The president of the Silver Wings Fraternity (any- image could fit on, including matchbooks, dolls,
one who soloed a powered plane 25 years ago banjos, wrist watches, tapestries, sheet music,
can join), Chana began his aviation career at pennants, tableware, games, toys – even bread
Consolidated-Vultee in 1941 as a flight test engi- wrappers. The objects show the outpouring of
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emotion surrounding the flight – and the capital-
ization of it. They are reminders of the astound-
ing impact Lindbergh had on the populace of the
For the Museum, it is a significant collection that
adds to the story that can be told about
Lindbergh. It will be added to the other SALE ITEMS FOR LINDBERGH
Lindbergh artifacts already in the collection -
two planes, the Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis”
and the Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq”, plus 75TH ANNIVERSARY FLEECE SWEATSHIRT –
many items from his flights. Before this donation, 100% spun polyester heavyweight panda fleece
however, the Museum didn’t have many objects in burgundy with right chest 3-1/2" diameter
reflecting the truly immense impact of his 1927 embroidered logo. (Sweatshirts tend to run
flight on the world. large, we recommend purchasing one size small-
King, who recently retired and sold his business, er.) Adult sizes only in: XL XXL
decided it was finally time to part with his col- Originally $45, specially reduced to $25.
lection, much of which, after it is catalogued,
will be on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy
Amazing, Stan! Thanks for making sure that this
important part of the Lindbergh story is pre-
served for future generations!
Our Sympathy to Jean Saunders
I know I speak for the whole Society in offering
our condolences to our friend Jean Saunders, on
the passing of her husband, JOSEPH ALLAN
EATON SAUNDERS, who died at home on 75TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT – 100% cotton
Sunday, September 7, 2003 from pulmonary shirt in tan with compass rose on the front right
fibrosis. chest and full size logo on the back. (Shirts tend
Allan was born on March 19, 1927 to Robert to run small, we recommend purchasing one
Eaton Saunders and Erika Kruger Saunders in size larger. Would be ideal for older children.)
Darien, Connecticut where he grew up and lived Adult sizes only in: S M
for many years. Originally $15, specially reduced to $7.
For many years, his hobby was owning and
restoring antique cars. He was an active mem-
ber and officer of the Fairfield County Horseless
Carriage Club and the Veteran Motor Car Club.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and of
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
A Boy Scout himself, Allan served many years as
scoutmaster and advisor, leading and inspiring
his sons and other boys, as well as his grandsons.
He loved the outdoors, hiking and camping.
Jean, you and your family will be in our
thoughts and prayers
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HERITAGE WEEK CACHED ENVELOPES – A
75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE cancelled color envelope from the 1985
COIN – 1.5" brass coin with color and diamond Lindbergh Heritage Week celebration in
cut edging surrounding the Anniversary logo that Minnesota, when the terminal at Minneapolis/St.
says “1927-2002, Celebrate the Lindbergh Paul International Airport was named in honor of
Legacy.” The reverse is plain brass and says Charles Lindbergh. $2.
“75th Anniversary, First non-stop flight, Spirit of
St. Louis, New York to Paris, 1927-2002,
Lindbergh Foundation.” Comes in a plastic coin
Originally $10, specially reduced to $8.
HERITAGE WEEK POSTER – A 22" x 28" color
poster created for the 1985 Lindbergh Heritage
Week celebration in Minnesota. $7.50.
50TH ANNIVERSARY MEDALS – 1.5" bronze
coin, one side has an image of Lindbergh and
the “Spirit of St. Louis”, the reverse says “50th
Anniversary, First non-stop flight, Spirit of St.
Louis, New York to Paris, 1927-1977, Lindbergh
Memorial Fund, Official Commemorative
Medal.” Comes in a blue velvet pouch. $10.
2000 LINDBERGH AWARD PRINT – Limited
edition, 18" x 36" full-color print featuring the
likeness of Charles Lindbergh and Burt Rutan,
2000 Lindbergh Award recipient who is best
known for designing the Voyager aircraft, which
transversed the earth nonstop, without re-fuel-
ing, in 1986. Signed by Burt Rutan and the artist,
Originally $250, specially reduced to $25.
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Postage is $4 for the first item and $2 per each
additional item. Check or money order made
payable to the Lindbergh Foundation. We also
take VISA or MasterCard only: Credit card orders
may be phoned, faxed or mailed. If mailing or
faxing, be sure to include:
Name, Full address, Phone number, Type of
Credit Card: (Visa/MasterCard), Credit Card #,
Exp. Date, Cardholder Name, Cardholder
Signature and the Amount to be charged.
2150 Third Ave. N., Suite 310
Anoka, MN 55303-2200
phone: (763) 576-1596
fax: (763) 576-1664
The Spirit of St. Louis
With the cooperation of the Lindbergh
Foundation and Missouri Historical Society, the
manufacturer of the Spirit of St. Louis Aviator
Glasses has been able to create a virtual replica.
Here’s your opportunity
to get an official replica
of the original Aviator
Glasses worn on the his-
toric flight of the “Spirit
of St. Louis” in 1927.
Log on to: www.lindberghsunglasses.com
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More Society News
Our International President!
Here is a photo of your Mexican friend Juan
while he attended the 45th edition of the Paris
“Sure Charlie, anybody can fly 33 hours SITTIN’ in a wicker
Airshow in June. The aircraft he is with is of spe-
chair, INSIDE the plane. Try laying on your belly and flying
cial interest, it is the Mystere 20 prototype that
from the bottom wing, now that was REAL flyin’ I tell ya!
Lindbergh flew and evaluated while searching
for an executive jet for Pan American’s executive
Let’s make it a Great
Based on Symposium in 2004!
L i n d b e r g h ’s
opinion, Pan See You in Cancún!
Am ordered it
and the model
Be sure to watch the next issue for more
became the Symposium news, and the results of the
well-known member surveys from this summer!
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