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A “Vin Fiz Flyer” flying the sky over Tampa. The flyer was originally made by the Wright Brothers but was modified by Calbraith Rodgers, who in 1911 was the first person to fly across the United States. Rodgers was attempting to claim a $50,000 prize offered by William Randolph Hearst to the first person to fly across the country in less than 30 days. Unfortunately, after multiple crashes, Rodgers completed the trip from New York to California in 49 days, 19 days too long.

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Photo Credits

Historic photograph Courtesy of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

Modern photograph by Bryan Weinstein



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  1. Rachel Cameron says:

    What an awesome photo. Can you imagine people of Tampa at the time, looking up and going: “Oh my lord, there’s a flying machine!! Come see the flying machine!!” Amazing photo.

  2. Sandra Wetherell Faust says:

    Calbraith Perry Rogers is a related to my Mom, Sally Perry. I did not know that he flew the” VinFix” in Tampa.I don’t know the exact relationship in our geneaolgy,, need to find ouy.

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