Animals Aloft

Aviation can sometimes be downright inhuman.




Robert G. Fowler attempted the first U.S. transcontinental flight in 1911, reports Janus, but was beaten by Cal Rogers in his Wright EX Vin Fiz. In this photograph, Fowler’s unnamed canine passenger is securely restrained prior to a brief hop in a Wright Model B. Fowler later made an ocean-to-ocean flight across the Isthmus of Panama in a Gage Tractor Biplane, which he donated to the Smithsonian in 1950.

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