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‘Spirit of St. Louis’ model to fly at Aero Club show

Ninety years ago this May, a 25-year-old adventurer named Charles Lindbergh turned himself into the most famous celebrity of the modern era by becoming the first man to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean alone.

He did that in a plane he had designed himself to make it almost impossible for him to see where he was going.

A one-fourth-scale model of his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, will be one star attraction as the Fox Valley Aero Club holds its fourth annual Windy City Warbirds & Classics radio-controlled airplane show Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24, at the club’s 11-acre flying field west of St. Charles.

John Fischer, chairman of the event, said about 100 visiting pilots from seven states are expected to join the club’s own 180 members from the Chicago area to provide a total of 300 “giant-scale” aircraft. Last year’s…

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