Spirit of St Louis
The Aerodrome’s project was started by Cole Palen soon after he obtained a Wright J-5 engine in the 1970s. Progress was halted for various reasons over time, and Palen passed away in 1993 without seeing his vision become a reality. Cassens resumed the project for the Aerodrome in 1996 with aid from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian provided excellent support for the project, allowing Ken to examine the original aircraft closely to gather vital information, as well as contributing photos and instruments identical to those used by Lindbergh.
Plans are underway for the Spirit’s public flight debut to take place on 21 May 2016, the 89th anniversary of Lindbergh’s landing in France. The flight demo will be followed by a Spirit of St. Louis gala event, a 1920s themed fundraising dinner. www.oldrhinebeck.org