Tuesday, February 21, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 21

February 21, 1919 – The first airplane trip from the Twin Cities to Duluth occurred on this date. Lieut. Walter Bullock and Maj. William Garis reached Duluth at 2:46 this afternoon carrying official documents for Col. Roger M. Weaver, J. D. Ensign, Miss Emma Hicks and Col. W. F. Henry, acting postmaster. The journey, said both pilot and observer, was uneventful. Neither air-currents nor extreme cold caused them any discomfort.

The trip required two hours and 31 minutes. They left Minneapolis at 11:55 this morning.

At the invitation of Mayor Hart of Moose Lake, the aviators made their only stop during the trip. They landed on Moose Lake without difficulty and, while Maj. Garis made an official call on the mayor, Lieut. Bullock replenished his gasoline supply.

They passed Carlton at a height of 5,000 feet, found the St. Louis River and followed its course until Superior was reached. Then they circled to the south, swooped up the bay and made a perfect landing at the first trial on Park Point, at Thirty-fifth St. and Minnesota Ave.

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The Duluth Herald; “First Airplane Arrives in Duluth From Mill City. No Mishaps Mar Flight; But One Stop. Makes Flight in Two Hours and Thirty-One Minutes. Lands at Moose Lake at Mayor’s Invitation. Will Leave on Return Trip on Saturday Afternoon.; Feb. 21, 1919; p. 1


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