Lark O' the Lake Festival
July 12-14, 2013 Sky Harbor Airport Come for Fun!
World's First Airliner
Tom and Michael are building The Lark of Duluth replica for the
Centennial Celebration in 2013.
The Benoist Flying Boat Type 14 is made of wood and
fabric. Below is the builder's photo log of their
original Lark was probably covered in linen..
We have decided to use the well proven Poly-Fiber
covering system to insure this historical replica will be around
for a very long time. Thanks to a generous donation from John
and Phyllis Goldenbaum of
Consolidated Aircraft Coatings, the Duluth Aviation Institute
will have a durable aircraft as a flying artifact of
the beginnings of aviation.
on the photos to enlarge.
had a surprise visit from Jeff Skiles,
co-pilot of the Miracle on the Hudson, and his EAA staff, Brian
O'Lena, Youth Programs Manager, Dana Heimos, Marketing
Coordinator, and Trevor Janz, Manager, Chapters and Eagles
Flights. Jeff Skiles is now the Vice President of Chapters
and Youth Education for the Experimental Aircraft
Association. Above Tom is explaining the unique control
levers of The Lark of Duluth replica and explaining that
the first airliner was a flying boat! The concept of a
flying boat airliner could have come in handy on January 15th of
2009 when he and Capt. Sullenberger successfully
"landed" in the Hudson River, saving the lives of 155
passengers and crew!