- Sep 09 2020
- 5:00 pm
Bill Harrison Lite Meal and Presentation – Wings Over Arizona
5:00PM – Lite Meal & Program
6:00PM – Program Only – Purchase tickets by September 4.
Lite Meal by Ron – Cheeseburgers, Baked Beans, Chips, Dessert & Beverage
For Reservations contact Activities 480-357-1148 – Limited Seating.
Program – Wings Over Arizona – 110 Years of Aviation in the Grand Canyon State. Arizonans had their first look at flying machines only a few years after the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, NC in 1903. Thousands of excited people flocked to the Phoenix Territorial Fairgrounds in 1910 to watch world famous aviators. Heavier-thanair crafts buzzed the grandstands, raced automobiles and performed dangerous aerial stunts that thrilled and terrified the crowd! Charles Lindbergh was honored in Tucson for his historic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. He later explored Canyon de Chelly in northern Arizona from his airplane. A publicity stunt in 1927, caused “Leo,” the famous MGM roaring lion, to be in a plane crash near Payson. Miraculously, the pilot and the lion survived. In 1949, The City of Yuma airplane set the world record for an endurance flight – more than 47 days in the air! One of the worst air disasters in history happened over the Grand Canyon in 1956 when two passenger jets collided killing 128 people. Today, Arizona can brag about one of the busiest airports in the world, numerous Air Force bases, an aeronautical museum, a NASA research facility and a university dedicated to teaching aviation. A great presentation you don’t want to miss!