The Flight of the Vin Fiz: Part II

Last week we learned about Calbraith Perry Rodgers, a young deaf man from a historic military family who fell in love with flying as did many men of his generation.  On a whim he met his cousin John Rodgers, a Naval Officer that had been assigned to the Wright Brothers Flying School, and they enrolled at Huffman Prairie…

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The Flight of the Vin Fiz: Part I

The story of the Vin Fiz begins with the birth of Calbraith Perry Rodgers on January 1, 1879 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  He was a descendent of famous US military heroes and celebrities that also bore the names of “Perry” and “Rodgers” throughout late 18th and 19th century American history.  Oliver Hazard Perry, Rodgers’ maternal great-grandfather, won a crucial…

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