Miss Veedol airplane flying through the sky

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Miss Veedol was the first airplane to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean. On October 5, 1931, Clyde Pangborn, with co-pilot Hugh Herndon, crash-landed their plane in the hills of East Wenatchee, Washington, in the central part of the state, becoming the first to fly non-stop across the northern Pacific Ocean. The 41-hour flight from Sabishiro Beach, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan won them the 1931 Harmon Trophy, symbolizing the greatest achievement in flight for that year. Afterward, Miss Veedol was sold and renamed The American Nurse. On a 1932 flight from New York City to Rome for aviation medicine research, she was last sighted by an ocean liner in the eastern Atlantic, before disappearing without trace. A local group founded the Spirit of Wenatchee a nonprofit organization of EAA Chapter 424 pilots. They are attempting the ambitious project of recreating the historic flight and has built a replica of the Miss Veedol. A permanent exhibit is housed at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, tours of the Miss Veedol replica are available through the museum, with advance reservations.

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