The Port Townsend Aero Museum will host Miss Veedol and the Spirit of Wenatchee group on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The airplane will be on display from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. UPDATE: Area smoke from forest fires may prevent Miss Veedol from flying to Port Townsend. Best to call the museum (360-379-5244) on Friday or Saturday to confirm.
The Port Townsend Aero Museum will also offer half-price admission all day long, as well as $100 rides in its own vintage biplanes.
Miss Veedol’s History
In October 1931, pilots Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon made the first-ever nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean in Miss Veedol, a modified 1930 Bellanca Skyrocket.
The big, orange, tube-and-fabric aircraft departed Sabishiro Beach near Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, heavily loaded with 915 gallons of aviation fuel. After a mile-long run down the beach, they finally succeeded in getting airborne. After a 41 hour flight, they landed in East Wenatchee the morning of Oct. 5.