Nebraska’s Early Aviators

The Lincoln Playboy was designed with the goal of making a marketable small plane. This Playboy is manned by Victor Roos and his wife in 1931. NSHS RG2929-303

The Lincoln Playboy was designed with the goal of making a marketable small plane. This Playboy is manned by Victor Roos and his wife in 1931. NSHS RG2929-303

Nebraska has a rich aviation history, according to Vince Goeres, a Nebraska State Historical Society volunteer and longtime aviation enthusiast. Goeres will give a free “Brown Bag” lecture on this state’s early aeronautical history, beginning at noon on Thursday, November 18, at the Nebraska History Museum, Fifteenth and P streets, in Lincoln. The lecture will be filmed for Lincoln-area cable channel 5 and posted on YouTube at a later date in case you are not able to attend.  Previous “Brown Bag” lectures at the Nebraska State Historical Society have already been posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/NebraskaHistorical

Goeres is the author of Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos, a history of the golden age of Nebraska aviation from its earliest days until the 1940s and beyond. Recently published by NSHS Books, it was written with Kylie Kinley and features an introduction by Roger Welsch and over two hundred photos from Historical Society collections. It includes chapters on Nebraska’s early pilots; the state’s only World War I flying ace, Orville Ralston; the nationally known Lincoln Aviation and Flying School (where Charles Lindbergh learned to fly); air shows and stunt flying; and Nebraska’s World War II air bases.

Preview the book at www.nebraskahistory.org/wings. It’s available from the NSHS Landmark Stores and at airports and bookstores across Nebraska. — Patricia C. Gaster, Assistant Editor for Research and Publications

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