The Vin Fiz Crosses America

Scenes from Cal Rodgers’ first transcontinental flight in 1911.

(Charles Wiggin Collection)

Unpredictable Landings

Ad hoc airplane repairs
(Charles Wiggin Collection)

It was almost impossible to predict where—and how hard—the Vin Fiz, as the aircraft was named, would land. Sometimes repairs could be made on the spot—in fields, or nearby barns, or right by the railroad tracks.

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