Before taking to the skies, Blanche Stuart Scott was renowned as the first woman to drive an automobile from coast to coast.
While the 1977 plane crash that killed the University of Evansville basketball team is infamous, Indiana has been the site of several notable air disasters.
1977 was a year of excitement for men’s basketball at the University of Evansville. But on December 13, the season of new beginnings came to a tragic end.
The annals of air travel in the Hoosier State would not be complete without mention of an unlikely episode from the summer of 1972.
The Lafayette postmaster took a leap of faith when he gave balloonist John Wise a mailbag containing 123 letters addressed to postal patrons in New York.
Indiana’s place in the history of flight is well secured by the role played by French-born civil engineer Octave Chanute, whose experiments with non-motorized aircraft in Indiana’s dunes in the 1890s directly inspired the aeronautical innovators who followed.