In What Plane Did Lindbergh Learn to Fly?

Posted by: Kelley Welf

Kelley Welf

Thanks to those of you who ventured a guess in last week’s trivia question, “Does anyone know what plane Lindbergh learned to fly on?”

The answer is:  the Lincoln Standard “Tourabout.”

Many of you answered the “Curtiss Jenny.”  This was the first airplane Lindbergh owned, and he made his first solo flight in this plane, but he did not learn to fly in this aircraft.

Charles Lindbergh and Harlan GurneyOn April, 1, 1922, Lindbergh arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he enrolled as  flying student with the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation.  There, Lindbergh received not only his first flight as a passenger in an airplane, but also his first instruction in flying in the company’s training plane — a Lincoln Standard, “Tourabout” bi-plane. Otto Timm was the pilot of Lindbergh’s first flight on April 9, 1922.  Harlan “Bud” Gurney, also receiving his first flight that day, joined Lindbergh on the flight.  A few days later, under the instruction of Ira O. Biffle, Lindbergh received his first instruction in the same plane.

At right:  Lindbergh poses with friend Harlan "Bud" Gurney.

Let's make this the trivia question for this week: 

Can anyone guess how many hours of flight time Lindbergh had in the “Tourabout” before going solo?

Comment here, on Twitter or Facebook.  I look forward to hearing from you!