Dallas, Texas - Listed below is the overall itinerary for Friendship Flight '97. For moreinformation on the specific activities at each of the ground locations contact the FF97 coordinator for the event or the location.

May 5: Love Field, Dallas, Texas A send-off will occur at Associated Air Center, Love Field, and in conjunction with the Frontiers of Flight Museum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the departure of Friendship Flight '97 School children will be on hand to learn more about the historic Lindbergh flight and will be able to check out the Friendship Flight '97 Cessna 210 as well as a variety of antique aircraft on hand for the celebration. George Lodge, FF97 Area Coordinator (214-350-3600)

Depart Love Field at 1 p.m. (local) for the 7 hour flight to San Diego

Gillespie Field: San Diego, California Arrive at approximately 6 p.m. (local), Bill Chana, FF97 Area Coordinator (619-234-8291 x22)

May 6: Gillespie Field, San Diego, California School Tours of Friendship Flight ''97 aircraft from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doris Richie, FF97 Contact (619-589-1328)

May 7: Montgomery Field, San Diego, California School Tours of Friendship Flight '97 aircraft from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. George Welsh, FF97 Contact (619-234-8291 x19)

May 8: Carlsbad-Palomar Airport, San Diego, California School Tours Friendship Flight '97 aircraft from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leland Ayers, FF97 Contact (619-929-2800)

May 9 San Diego Aerospace Museum San Diego, California Lindbergh Flight 70th Anniversary recognition. Press Conference held at 11 a.m. in the rotunda at the San Diego Aerospace Museum where the Spirit of St. Louis is on display. A special Lindbergh exhibit entitled "Flight of the Lone Eagle" will be unveiled and then placed on display for all muesum visitors to enjoy. Ed McKellar, Museum Executive Director (619-234-8291)

May 10: Brown Field, San Diego, California EAA Young Eagle Flights will be conducted beginning at 10 a.m. Gail Hess, FF97 Contact (619-390-7510)

May 10: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California 1 p.m. meet with commanding officer NAS North Island CPO Barbara Welk, FF97 Contact (619-545-8167)

Depart NAS North Island for St. Louis at exactly 4:55 p.m. (local)

May 11: Arrive St. Charles County Airport at approximately 9:20 a.m. (local), St. Charles County Airport, St. Louis, Missouri Bill Signs will be welcomed by EAA Chapter President Ron Wright and will meet with the News Media. Signs will then present a talk regarding the preparations required for Friendship Flight '97 and the historical significance of keeping the Lindbergh saga alive. Signs will also speak briefly on the future impact that the Young Eagles Program will have on the World of Aviation.

Following the welcoming ceremonies, Signs will park his Cessna 210 next to the EAA Foundations' full size replica of the Ryan built Spirit of St. Louis. Aviation organizations including the Ninety-Nines, the Gateway Eagles, the Wings of Hope, the Tuskeegee Airmen, the St. Louis Aviation Museum, the Missouri Wing of the CAF, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Missouri PIlots Association will be present in support of the Lindbergh commemorative flight of Signs.

At 1 p.m. Signs will speak to school children about the LIndbergh flight and the importance of the EAA Young Eagles flights. Aircraft displays and organization displays Al Donaldson, FF97 Area Coordinator (314-397-2410)

May 12: Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri An 8 a.m. gathering at Midcoast Aviation, Lambert Field, St. Louis International Airport, will allow the public and media the opportunity to participate in the Friendship Flight '97 departure.

Depart Lambert Field for Long Island, NY at exactly 9:13 a.m. (local)

Arrive Republic Airport at approximately 3:30 p.m. (local)

May 14: Republic Airport, Long Island, NY School children will gather at the State University of New York (SUNY), Farmingdale Main Campus to hear a Friendship Flight '97 talk.

May 15: Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY New York City school children will hear a Friendship Flight '97 talk at the 1930 Floyd Bennett Field historic Terminal Building. Students from the Floyd Bennett School will introduce pilot Signs to Floyd and Bennett Bear. Floyd and Bennett have traveled with many visitors from their home in Brooklyn to England, Iceland, Norway, the Arctic Circle, and various historic sites across the U.S. The traveling bears will also join with Friendship Flight '97 and help commemorate the historic Lindbergh flight.

May 17-18: Republic Airport, Long Island, NY The weekend festivities begins at 10 a.m. on the ramp in front of the hangar door at the SUNY Aerospace Facility on Republic Airport. Numerous local, regional, and national organizations are presenting two days of seminars, workshops, and aircraft static displays. Twenty-nine seminars and workshops wilsl be available to the public free-of-charge. The programs include a wide range of flight subjects, from an OX-5 Pioneer talk "What it was like flying an airplane in 1928" to NASA and Space Programs by a NASA Aerospace Education Specialist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

Children between the ages of 8 to 17 will be able to take part in the EAA Young Eagle flights that will be conducted throughout the day on Saturday with a rain day of Sunday.

On the afternoon of Sunday the 18th, Friendship Flight '97 pilot Bill Signs in his Cessna 210 will be escorted by aircraft from the Antique Airplane Club of Greater New York, the Bayport Aerodrome Society and members of the Ninety-Nines, Int. Organization of Licensed Women Pilots, Long Island and Greater New York, as they fly to and around the State of Liberty.

May 20: Republic Airport, Long Island, NY The public and press salute Friendship Flight '97. Mickey Carpenter, FF97 Area Coordinator (516-395-3774)

Depart Republic Airport for Paris, France at exactly 7:52 a.m.

May 21: Arrival over the coast of France As pilot Signs prepares for his arrival in Paris, he will be greeted by a flight of aircraft piloted by women aviators from the Women Pilots Association of France. They will rendezvous with the Friendship Flight aircraft over LeHavre on the coast of France and escort pilot Signs as he concludes his non-stop flight.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. the formation of aircraft will be in the area of the Eiffel Tower and will give pilot Signs the opportunity to again duplicate the exact flight of Charles Lindbergh as he circles the Eiffel Tower prior to touchdown at LeBourget Airport.

Touchdown at LeBourget Airport, Paris, France, at approximately 11 a.m.

A welcoming ceremony is scheduled at the exact spot that Charles Lindbergh touched down 70 years earlier. Dignitaries on hand will include representatives from the French Air Museum at LeBourget, the Aeroclub de France, the Paris Airport Authority, the Association of retired Mechanics and Pilots, and the mayor of LeBourget as well as mayors from various cities surrounding LeBourget. In addition, more than 500 elementary and high school children will be on hand to witness the landing and take part in the celebration of this historic recreation.

May 24: LeBourget Airport, Paris, France Friendship Flight '97 aircraft and pilot Signs meet with local children at the model airplane show at LeBourget Airport.

May 25: Cerny la Sertes-allais, South of Paris On Sunday, pilot Signs with the Friendship Flight Cessna 210 will fly to the Cerny la Sertes-allais Airport just south of Paris. There visitors and dignitaries will not only have the opportunity to meet with Signs but will have the opportunity to tour the grass strip which is home to the largest collection of flying warbirds in Europe.

May 26: Depart LeBourget Airport Paris, France, for return flight to US Planned stops during the return flight:

Alderney, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland Reykjavik, Iceland Kulusuk, Greenland Sondrestrom, Greenland Frobisher Bay, Canada June 9: Arrive: USA, Bangor, Maine

June 9-10: Canaan, Maine

June 10-11: Republic Airport, Long Island, NY

June 12: Fairhope, Alabama

June 13: Depart: Fairhope return to Dallas, Tx


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Friendship Flight 1997 Lindbergh

A commemoration of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight, 70 years to the minute. Signs retraced Lindbergh's route, departing San Diego, St. Louis, and New York, arriving in Paris, France, on May 21st, 1997 at 11 a.m. Ten thousand children are expected to participate at the airports, where Signs will share Lindbergh's accomplishments and the excitement of world-wide aviation.

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  • Aircraft: Cessna 210L N90MB

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