Mississippi Brothers Set Flight Record

While our family was in Washington, D.C. last week visiting Congressman Gregg Harper, he shared a story with us about two Mississippi brothers who changed the world.

Fred and Al Key were managing the Meridian airport in the 1920's. Their love for aviation inspired them to create a valve for refueling planes while in the air. Because of their invention, they were able to set a non-stop endurance flight record! They flew around over Meridian for 653 hours and 34 minutes on June 4, 1935.

The "Ole Miss" plane is now on permanent display in the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Photo copyright Scott Steele
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07/16/2013 8:10AM
Mississippi Brothers Set Flight Record
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