It was quite a moment in upstate New York this weekend when The Spirit of St. Louis took to the sky.
It was a recreation of Little Falls, Minn. native Charles Lindbergh’s plane, which he flew across the Atlantic in 1927.
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has been building the Ryan NYP replica in fits and starts for decades. The original, which hangs in the Smithsonian, was built in 60 days.
Cole Palen, who founded the Aerodrome, started the project when he acquired the proper engine in the 1970s. He died in 1993 and never saw his vision become reality.
Flying the plane is a challenge since there are no windows to see what’s ahead of the plane. It also has no brakes.
The plane will make its public debut next May 21, the 89th anniversary of Lindbergh’s flight.
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Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.