Air Tour Finally Underway

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November 26, 2010

Originally Published September 20, 1938

Eddie Hartfel, secretary of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Aeronautic association, gave the long-awaited order to take off at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon and five planes of the 40 expected in the flight left the Manitowoc Municipal airport on the third annual Wisconsin Good Will Air Tour.  In this picture, Hartfel is starting one of the motors on the Ford Tri-Motor ship piloted by Manager Buck Leighton of the local airport.  Leighton is at the controls.  Other planes joined the group in Milwaukee for a flight to Jamesville.  The “queen” of the tour, blonde Martha Hayes of Lake Delton, is flying in the tri-motored ship.  Leighton is the only Manitowoc pilot in the tour.  Business affairs prevented E. J. Nelson from taking part.

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