Address: 204 S. Madison Street Show Map Get Directions
City: Middletown, IL
Middletown has had quite a few historic air events in its history. On October 9th, 1911, Calbraith Perry Rodgers landed the Wright brothers built Vin Fiz aircraft on Harmon Hinck's farm as part of the first transcontinental flight. This flight also carried the first Illinois air mail from Peoria to Springfield. In 1929, Charles A. Lindbergh landed in Middletown in route from Peoria to Springfield. On January 18th, 1984, John Petrenh landed his six story AX-7 hot air balloon, the Flying Lightbulb, on Barton's farm making Middletown the only city where five world records were set in one balloon flight. On October 6th, 1986, James R. Lloyd Jr. landed the Vin Fiz II on James Glenn's farm, marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of C.P. Rodgers memorial skyway flight.