Spirit of St Louis

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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

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