JFK+50: Volume 5, No. 1740
TEDDY ROOSEVELT BECAME FIRST PRESIDENT TO FLY 105 YEARS AGO
The former president was campaigning for Republican candidates in Missouri when he made an appearance at a Wright Exhibition held at an airfield here in Kinloch, near St. Louis.
Pilot Arch Hoxsey* invited TR to take the seat beside him aboard his biplane and the former president accepted. The pilot made a pass 100 yards above the grandstand as Roosevelt "leaned forward....and waved his hands."
Hexsey proceeded to make three steep dives with a sharp pull-up at the end of each dive. Safely back on the ground, TR said..."It was great! First class! It was the finest experience I have ever had."
*Archibald Hoxsey (1884-1910) was born in Staunton, IL and shortly after taking former President Theodore Roosevelt for a flight in his bi-plane, set the flight altitude record of 11,474 feet. Tragically on December 26, 1920, AH died in an airplane crash in Los Angles while attempting to set a new altitude record.
"Teddy Roosevelt Goes Flying," Air & Space, www.airspace.mag.com/
"TR Takes to the Skies, First President in Flight," by Julie Hill, Archives, October 11, 2011, www.archives.com/