The Vin Fiz Crosses America
Scenes from Cal Rodgers’ first transcontinental flight in 1911.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 19, 2011
Charles Wiggin Collection
Rodgers’ sponsor The Armour Company, maker of the Vin Fiz grape drink, provided a train with two specially fitted cars containing spare parts, two engines, a Palmer-Singer automobile, a first-aid center, and a repair shop. As Cal flew, Armour company executives, officers of the railroad, his mechanics, and newspaper reporters took the train.