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The History of Aviation

Pioneer Years

1911 - First Coast to Coast Flight

On November 5th thousands of people showed up in Pasadena, California to witness the arrival of Calbraith Rodgers after a 49 day flight across the United States. Rodgers made 69 stops along the way and was followed by a special train carrying spare parts. He made 16 crash landings. Rodgers' trip was sponsored by Armour Meat Packing Companhy to promote "VIn Fiz" a soft drink. Rodger received $5 for each mile from Armour for a total of $21,605.

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