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 not only learned to fly at the Wright Brothers school, he learned how the aircraft was made and how to service it. Here, he tightens the guides connecting the chains that ran from the engine to the propellers. The pilot wore a vest inside his jacket and frequently stuffed the vest with newspapers for insulation against the cold he felt while traveling 55 mph thousands of feet in the air.