AMONG AVIATION GIANTS

DIANE REED

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Finished in Dayton and now at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., a quarter-scale model of the Spirit of St. Louis is on display next to a full-size replica of the famed aircraft flown by Charles Lindbergh from New York to Paris in May 1927. Construction of the model was started in 2007 by Winston Okerlund, a member of the Walla Walla Valley Prop Twisters. After Okerlund’s death in 2011, Jim Edwards of Dayton finished the model in April. One side is left open to show interior details of the aircraft. The massive eight-engine Hughes HK-1 (H-4), otherwise known as the “Spruce Goose” is in the background.

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