History Repeats Itself

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This year's centennial celebration of the Wright brothers' first flight is fueling an interest in a wide variety of events in aviation history. EAA's AirVenture Museum is hosting a special exhibit on Charles Lindbergh, featuring rarely seen historical documents and photos. One highlight is a display of the actual Mercator chart that Lindbergh carried from New York to Paris, showing the great-circle route and magnetic courses he plotted. Over at the Vintage Aircraft field, the Aviation Foundation of America is displaying a few of the two dozen antique airplanes that will fly in September's National Air Tour, a recreation of the tours that introduced aviation to the public during the 1920s and '30s. A pair of Sikorsky flying boats, a Ford Tri-motor, and many more, each one pampered and unique, sit ready to fly.