News: Neillsville--Howard Hughes' Visit (1938)
Contact: Dee Zimmerman
----Source: Clark County News: July 1938 Compiled by Dee Zimmerman for her weekly column "The Good Ole Days" published July 16, 2003.
Flying over Neillsville at the rate of four miles a minute, Thursday morning, Howard Hughes and his party of four, in their round-the-world flight, gave many of our citizens quite a thrill. Like a silver bird, almost two miles up in the air, the plane passed over here quickly, with the roar of the two 550 h.p. motors being plainly heard. Kurt Listeman, with a telescope from the roof of his ,home perhaps got the best view, but his wife was first to hear the plane, which passed the northern boundary of the city. At best, only a fleeting view was possible because of the speeding bright ship and bright sunlight.
The party of fliers passed over Neillsville 33 minutes after leaving Minneapolis and they arrived in New York three hours and 53 minutes after passing over Neillsville. This gives some indication of how short great distances are made to seem by the high speed of modern airplanes, which will be going still faster in a few years. The flight across Wisconsin was made in one hour and 18 minutes.
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