Did you know Charles Lindbergh flew over Geneva?
And Geneva once had an airport?
Local aviation history was first made on August 15, 1927 when Charles Lindbergh’s famous plane, the “Spirit of St. Louis” flew over Geneva, Batavia and Mooseheart on his way to Springfield from Chicago. This air tour covered 48 states and visited 62 cities throughout the United States. Lindbergh agreed to this tour sponsored by the Daniel Guggenheim Foundation as a way to promote aviation and the development of airmail. After this tour, airmail usage exploded. The public also began to view the airplane as a viable and safe means of travel with the establishment of new airfields, including one that opened on the east side of Geneva in 1929.
On September 12 at noon, come celebrate the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight over Geneva with stories about Geneva’s aviation and airfield history presented by Museum Archives volunteer Andy Fox. Registration is $5/person, $3/Museum Members and can be made here.