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Boarding pass, please: A short, personal history of flying

from Tallahassee Democrat

According to author Mark Hinson: All of my life, I have heard the story about the first airplane that landed in my hometown of Marianna, Florida, nearly 100 years ago. It might or might not be true. But don't let that get in the way of a good tale. Here is how it goes: One spring afternoon, a poor, semi-literate sharecropper was plowing his field on the outskirts of Marianna. A pilot, who was flying a bi-plane from Jacksonville to Pensacola, started having engine problems and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop. He used the farmer's freshly turned field as an emergency landing strip. more

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