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I'm related to a pioneer pilot, Archibald "Arch" Hoxsey.
From Clayton, he took former US President Roosevelt for a flight in nearby St. Louis. The flight is recorded in a silent movie - courtesy of The Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Imagine the technology 100 years ago when you watch this barnstorming video -- I wonder if Roosevelt blew chunks?
In my mind, it makes Arch Hoxey the first pilot of "Air Force One". It's too bad that within ninety days of this historic flight, Hoxsey's adventurous life ended. In that brief time he also set the world's altitude record, flying his airplane to 11,474 feet, He died 3 days later on December 31, 1910 "... when returning to earth in a series of perilous glides." As you could see from that video, every flight looked like a "perilous glide" to me. His crash site is documented in this photo published almost a month after the event.
Connecting with history in this way, I feel like we honor his daring and legacy when we continue to build the great portfolio of model airplanes at Hobby Express.