Ride In EAA's Spirit Of St. Louis At Aviation's Good Ol' Days
August 27, 2002 - A lot is going on during this weekend’s Good Ol’ Days celebration at EAA’s Pioneer Airport , including flight and ground demonstrations of vintage aircraft, guided tours, Young Eagles flights and hands-on educational activities for youth, and a “Parade of Flight” Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Perhaps even bigger news for vintage airplane enthusiasts and history buffs is that rides in EAA’s Spirit of St Louis replica will be available to the public for the first time ever at Pioneer Airport . Rides in this historic replica will allow visitors an opportunity to experience some of what Charles Lindbergh did 75 years ago when he flew the original Spirit solo across the Atlantic .
When EAA’s Spirit of St Louis replica was built, a second seat and dual controls were added in place of the huge main fuel tank in the original airplane. Passengers occupy the “Lindbergh seat” which allows them to experience the Spirit’s famous limited view perspective at first hand.
Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum Director, notes that FAA permission allowing passengers to ride in the Spirit came through recently. “We are delighted to be finally able to share a unique aviation heritage experience with a wider audience than was ever before possible,” he said. “There have been many enquiries and I know we have a lot of people waiting for this moment.”
The Spirit’s first public rides were available at a recent, well-attended Chapter 33 event in Cedar Rapids , Iowa . Several pilots even used a Spirit flight to get the original NX211 registration in their logbooks. (Ask how on your flight!)
Flights will be $100 each and can be purchased on the day at the Pioneer Airport ticket counter. (There will be no pre-sales.)
In 2003, flight’s centennial year, preliminary plans are being made for more Spirit of St. Louis visits to EAA Chapters. If your Chapter would like more information, please contact Katie Cheesebro at 920/426-6880.