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Aviation History - August 3, 2012

Credit: Thanks to the Johnson County Museum for inspiring this week’s question!

Q: John Glenn - the famous pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator - made his very first solo flight in a military plane at an airbase in Kansas. In which city did John Glenn make that first military flight?

John-Glenn-Family Flickr_Kemon01July 16, 1957, Major John Glenn Jr., hugs his children, Dave and Lyn, while his wife, Anne, watches moments after Glenn landed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York following his record-breaking flight of just over 3 hours and 23 minutes from California. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of Kemon01)


A: Olathe

Naval-Air-Station Johnson-County-Museum

According to the Johnson County (KS) Museum, astronaut John Glenn trained at the Naval Air Station in Olathe and completed his first solo flight in a military plane at that base in the 1940s. The Naval Air Station in Olathe is now known as the New Century AirCenter.

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