|The communities of Wenatchee Wa,
Misawa Japan, Pangborn and
Herndon descendants gather to watch
the first flight in May 2003.
|The crowd cheers as the new
Miss Veedol roars into the air for the
first time. A sound last heard in the
Wenatchee Valley 72 years earlier
when the original landed in 1931.
TRIBUTE TO AVIATION HISTORY
A time in aviations rich history when records were set, fame was sought and men
pushed fear aside to attempt the imposable. Pilots with nerves of steel like
Pangborn, Herndon, Post, Gatty, Turner, Lindbergh, Earhart. Doolittle, Hughes, and
many others put there lives on the line to push aviation to the limit and push the
world into a new exciting frontier.
The Spirit of Wenatchee is about bringing this history back to life so people today
and future generations can see, feel, hear, and smell roaring 30s aviation first hand.
TRIBUTE TO PANGBORN, HERNDON
Spirit of Wenatchee, Home of the Miss Veedol
One of the driving forces behind this project is the fact that Pangborn and Herndons
transpacific flight has been nearly lost in history. The Pacific crossing of 41 hours 15
minutes was nearly twice the distance flown by Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic
just 4 years earlier. An accomplishment not repeated for 3 decades until jet airliners
came in to service.
Spirit of Wenatchee
|October 5th, 1931
Moments after landing the
41 hour 15 minute
transpacific flight in
Wenatchee. Note: Clyde
left his boots in Japan,
just un-needed weight.
|Test pilots Dave Stadler (near) and Arnie
Clarke prepare to taxi for the first flight
|A LEGEND IS RE-BORN THE MISS
VEEDOL 1931 BELLANCA J-300 SPECIAL
Miss Veedol Home Base
The Miss Veedol flies over a water tank
dedicated to her near home base in
Wenatchee Washington, June 2006.
The Spirit of Wenatchee is a non profit organization of EAA
Chapter 424 pilots. We have taken on the ambitious project of
recreating the historic flight of Clyde Pangborn and Hugh
Herndon Jr. This flight just as done in 1931 will be non-stop
5,000 plus mile Pacific crossing. The Spirit of Wenatchee has
built a replica of the 1931 Bellanca J-300 Special the Miss
Veedol. Bringing recognition back to Pangborn and Herndon
whom history nearly forgot has fueled the project.
On the 1931 flight from Misawa, Japan to Wenatchee,
Washington, in order to increase range, Pangborn and
Herndon dropped their landing gear over the Pacific Ocean
belly landing in Wenatchee.
In October 2010 to October 2011 the Miss Veedol was shipped
to Japan and displayed at the Museum for the community of
Misawa, and all of Japan to enjoy. She was proudly flown for two
shows over Misawa during that time. It was our dream to let
Japan once again hear the roar of the Miss Veedol and we
deeply appreciate the opportunity that bestowed us. We are
honored to have flown the Miss Veedol (replica) over Japan soil
and would like to thank all who made it happen.