Real Nebraska Stories: Wings Over Nebraska

Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photographs

Wings Over Nebraska by Vince Goeres is now available at Amazon Prime.


Did you know Charles Lindbergh learned to fly in Nebraska? Did you know the mechanic fro the Wright Brothers was from North Platte? Were you aware that Nebraska women were active Women Airforce Service Pilots? Aviation enthusiasts can get a taste of the Nebraska skies without ever leaving their armchairs with Wings Over Nebraska, a book of historic Nebraska aviation photos forthcoming from Nebraska State Historical Society Press. The book was written by long-time aviation enthusiast Vince Goeres with NSHS assistant editor Kylie Kinley and boasts an introduction by Roger Welsch. Wings Over Nebraska showcases the best of the Society’s aviation photos from the collections, with chapters on Nebraska’s early pilots (who were often farm boys with a daredevil streak), Orville Ralston, Nebraska’s only World War I flying ace, the nationally known Lincoln Aviation and Flying School, Offutt Air Base’s early days as a balloon school, and many other stories of Nebraska’s role in the development of aviation.  Wings Over Nebraska is available at the NSHS Landmark store, local booksellers, and at Amazon.

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