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Calibrath “Cal” Rodgers


  • Participated in the first aerial photography of industrial plants.
  • Won the $11,000 World’s Grand Endurance Aviation Contest in Chicago staying in the air for 27 hours at intervals over a period of nine days in 1911.
  • Demonstrated the airplane’s potential for long distance travel and air commerce.
  • Established the feasibility of transcontinental airmail service after a 49 day trip across the United States. Though his aircraft, a Wright biplane nicknamed the Vin Fiz after his sponsor’s new soft drink, crashed multiple times, he was dubbed “King of the Air” for his perseverance.

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