"Vin Fiz" in the National Air Museum

ID: 2002-12157

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Exhibit

Date: 1961

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 21

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Calbraith Perry Rodgers "Vin Fiz" on exhibit in the National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum, in the South Yard, 1961. William Randolph Hearst offered a $50,000 prize to the first person to make a transcontinental flight in thirty days or less. Rodgers, hoping to win the prize, took off from Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, New York, on September 17, 1911 in the Wright EX "Vin Fiz." His sponsor, the Armour Company of Chicago, was marketing a grape-flavored soft drink called "Vin Fiz." In addition to the prize money, should he win it, Rodgers would receive $5 from Armour for every mile flown. Accompanying Rodgers along the route was a special train carrying mechanics, spare parts, and of course, several representatives of the Armour Company.


  • Rodgers, Calbraith Perry
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)
  • South Yard


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Original negative number is 46679 or A46679, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 21

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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