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WISCONSIN HOMETOWN STORIES

Wausau - Wisconsin's First Homebuilt Airplane

  • Aired: 01/24/2011
  • 01:46
  • Rating: TV-G
After seeing airplanes fly, and soaring in a hot air balloon, Wausau's John Schwister decided to build his own airplane. Built in both St. Paul and Wausau, Schwister named the plane the "Minnesota-Badger." He made his first flight on June 23, 1911. It was the first Wisconsin-built airplane that could fly, and a Wisconsin Historical society marker in Rothschild celebrates the spot.
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Aviation historians Michael Goc & Robert Wylie tell the story of John Schwister's flight.
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