Jun 2013 1929 Brunner Winkle Bird
Thank you to Mary Ellen Thomson from Pennsylvania for sharing her amazing encounter with a very special aircraft.
Late last year I was asked to fly down to Kentmore, MD with possibly my oldest friend – Gene Briener (87) to see a very rare 1929 BIRD that Joe and Ann Feschera had refurbished two times in the last 70 years…yes, I said 70 years. It once belonged to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of Charles Lindbergh.
Anne Lindbergh was a inspiration to many young women in the 30’s and forged ahead with a passion for flight which was highly unusual during that time
Her most telling quote was to believe “if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly in those moments”. I love this quote, as when I fly I completely surrender to the journey and beauty we are shown in each flight.
I fell in love with that plane after Joe (unexpectedly) said “hop on in there and sit where Anne sat”…I mean..really? I was awe struck by the amazing history and stories this plane holds…I can envision me flying her….probably one of the most special days ever – in my travels flying solo I am treated to the most interesting, exciting and passionate aviators.
Sweet Joe passed away in February and I wanted to show this plane to my buds before it might be gone. As usual I corralled the crew up and we flew down to see Ann FescheraÂ and once again it was magical.
In closing, each flight lets me search for no special place…as I just have a need to wander the skies to cleanse my mind and soul. That’s what flying and being off-the-ground brings me….peace.
Mary Ellen Thomson
07N, Bermudian Airpark, Kralltown, Pennsylvania