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25 years ago: British pilots trace Oregon trail by air

July 26, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 26, 1986:

  • A “spectacular” red-and-yellow sunrise had ushered in a morning that quickly turned dark and gloomy as thunderstorms rolled into the area. In less than an hour, .34 of an inch of rain had fallen in Lawrence. Several power outages occurred in scattered areas, and lightning was the probable cause of a small fire in east Lawrence. The blaze, which had broken out on the roof of a two-story wood-frame house at 509 New Jersey, had been confined to the roof and attic area.
  • British pilot Maurice Brett and seven other members of the Stevenage Flying Club of London were tracing the historic Oregon Trail by air. The aviators were expected to fly over the Lawrence area in two vintage airplanes, a 1939 open cockpit Tiger Moth and a four-seater Jackaroo. Brett was reportedly videotaping the 3,000-mile journey from Philadelphia to Fort Vancouver, Oregon. Although the 2,000-mile trail actually begins in Independence, Mo., the flyers were also retracing the route of Marcus Whitman, who had opened the trail in 1836.


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