July 2, 1955

The National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum, receives the Curtiss-Robin J1 airplane  known as “Old Miss.” The plane took off from Meridian, Miss., on July 4, 1935, with Al and Fred Key. By refueling in midair, the plane stayed aloft for 27 days and 5-1/2 hours. It came to the air museum on the 20th anniversary of the flight.

Posted: 2 July 2010
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