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Weird Nebraska Lincoln was once a leader in the U.S. aviation industry? 


In the early 1920s Charles Lindbergh, one of America's most celebrated pilots, learned to fly at the Lincoln Flying School, operated by Ray Page of the Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company.


Tapestry, Lindbergh flight to Paris 1927,

Source: John Costello, Norfolk, 10529-1

Ribbon, Lindbergh reception committee
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society General Collection 7294-1311

Program, Lindbergh banquet menu, Hotel Fontenelle, Omaha
Source: Penn P. Fodrea, Omaha 9939-12


This photo of a downed aircraft was taken in March of 1922 at Page Field in Lincoln. This field, which was located near the current site of the Lincoln Country Club, was used for flying from about 1921 until 1932, when the Lincoln Municipal Airport was built. The arrow is pointing to the man believed to be Charles Lindbergh.
Source: Joe R. Seacrest Trust, LincolnRG2929-434



The "Lincoln Playboy" airplane, manufactured by the Lincoln Aircraft Company, had a twenty-five-horsepower engine and weighed 350 pounds. Its top speed was seventy miles per hour. It could fly for an hour on one gallon of gasoline. Although the Lincoln Aircraft Company had high hopes for big sales of this little plane, the venture never really took off.
Source: Joe R. Seacrest Trust, LincolnRG2929-304

 

 

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