Radar tracks put Michael Bratlie, an experienced military and commercial pilot, just past Two Harbors, Minnesota, in his two-engine plane. There the flight path ended, drawing exhaustive searches of Lake Superior and the thick woods and rugged terrain on shore.
This year marks the 95th anniversary of Lindbergh's solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to Paris in 1927. The famed aviator dubbed “Lucky Lindy” grew up on a Little Falls farm before becoming a worldwide celebrity.
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious honor the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as Master Pilots.
On Tuesday, Aug. 17, the nonprofit program Dream Flights took two local World War II veterans to the skies over Bemidji. This year, the program is working to take more than 1,000 WWII veterans on flights during August and September.
Post-hockey plans are up in the air for former Minnesota Gophers defenseman Steve Johnson, which is a solid career goal. While playing pro hockey, two years removed from the U of M, Johnson is also immersed in flight school, earning his pilot's license and aiming to follow his father into commercial aviation someday.