EAA’s Spirit Of St. Louis Replica Re-Creates Lindbergh’s 1927 Wisconsin Flights
August 16, 2002 - The EAA AirVenture Museum will honor the historic national tour of Charles Lindbergh 75 years ago on August 22, as EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica re-creates the Wisconsin leg of that journey with flights that include five Wisconsin cities.
The re-creation honors the Wisconsin portion of Lindbergh’s enormously successful 1927 national tour, where the famed pilot used the celebrity gained from his trans-Atlantic crossing to promote aviation throughout the nation. On Aug. 22, 1927, Lindbergh left Milwaukee and flew over Waukesha, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, dropping messages to the waiting crowds at each of those cities. He then landed at Madison to complete the Wisconsin leg of the tour before flying to other areas throughout the Midwest.
“Since Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, and later his national tour, did so much to advance aviation in its early days, we thought it only fitting to honor his Wisconsin connection 75 years to the day of his return to the state,” said Adam Smith, Director of the EAA AirVenture Museum.
The EAA aircraft, flown by veteran EAA volunteer pilot Dave Lammers of Marion, Iowa, will depart Timmerman Airport in Milwaukee at 10 a.m. on August 22, then fly over Waukesha at 10:20, Fond du Lac (11 a.m.) and Oshkosh (11:20). In Oshkosh, the message that Lindbergh dropped in 1927 will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum, with a copy on permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum. If possible, EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica will drop a similar message over those three communities. The flight ends with an arrival in Madison, where Lindbergh attended the University of Wisconsin, at approximately 12:15 p.m.
The Spirit replica’s permanent home is the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport, which replicates the early days of flight with vintage aircraft, memorabilia and airplane flights.