Nebraska Was Once a Leader in the U.S. Aviation History

In the early 1920s Charles Lindbergh, one of America’s most celebrated pilots, learned to fly at the Lincoln Flying School, operated by Ray Page of the Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company.

Tapestry, Lindbergh flight to Paris 1927,  Source: John Costello, Norfolk, 10529-1

Tapestry, Lindbergh flight to Paris 1927 (Source: John Costello, Norfolk, NSHS 10529-1)

downed aircraft was taken in March of 1922 at Page Field in Lincoln (RG2929-434)

This photo of a downed aircraft was taken in March of 1922 at Page Field in Lincoln. This field, which was located near the current site of the Lincoln Country Club, was used for flying from about 1921 until 1932, when the Lincoln Municipal Airport was built. The arrow is pointing to the man believed to be Charles Lindbergh. (Source: Joe R. Seacrest Trust, Lincoln NSHS RG2929-434)

Ribbon, Lindbergh reception committee (NSHS 7294-1311)

Ribbon, Lindbergh reception committee (NSHS 7294-1311)

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