Aviation

The Lindbergh Hangar

One of the best parts about being a photographer is you never know where it will take you. Each time you step behind the camera you get a chance to learn something new or experience something you hadn’t before. This past weekend at the Three Forks Fly-in I got the chance to go over to a place I didn’t even know existed in Montana. The Lindbergh Hangar.

The hangar was built in 1921 and has been a historical stopover for pilots at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte ever since. In 1927 Charles Lindbergh stopped by in his Ryan NYP, Spirit of St. Louis, as part of his tour campaigning around the United States. He gained world renown fame earlier that year for flying across the atlantic. Part of the tour was to help establish safety and economic growth in government issued mail contracts as well as commercial aviation. Lindbergh spent four days at the hangar.

Every year members of the Montana Antique Aircraft Association go over from Three Forks to Butte for a special breakfast. It helps to support both the further restoration of the hangar and the progress of Butte Airport. Both are growing. The hangar still has all it’s original siding but has been repainted and updated on the inside. The inside now has a memorial for Dave Gates, former board chairman, and Dick Johnson, Butte flight instructor, both tragically died in plane crashes.

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