Here’s an interesting Â story out of Helena, Montana that proves the power of one young girl’s voice. This weekend, Helena celebrated the 1911 flight of a 19 year old boy named Cromwell Dixon across the Great Divide. Â The day may have passed unnoticed by the community if it wasn’t for the interest of a 6th grade girl. Â A young Clair Longsworth became interested in Dixon in the 6th grade and this year, as a high school freshman, has managed to enlist the support of the entire community behind her. With help from other students from the Montana City School & the Lewis and Clark County CommissionÂ they came up with a way to honor and remember Cromwell Dixon.
A half scale model of Cromwellâ€™s plane, “Little Hummingbird”, was built by a group of students from another school, Capital High, and is now part of a Cromwell Dixon exhibit in Helena. As part of the celebration they offered free aircraft rides for Young Eagles over his landing site plus a pancake breakfast, aircraft displays, model aircraft, Â a Model 1911 Curtis flyer and more.
With the number ofÂ licensedÂ pilots continually diminishing, it is possible for one single person’s Â interest to plant the “aviation seed” in many and help provide a future generation of pilots. Well done,Â Clair Longsworth!
Thanks, Jeanne MacPhearson for sending the following news!