Wisconsin Hometown Stories

Wausau: Wisconsin's First Homebuilt Airplane

Clip: Special | 1m 46s

After seeing airplanes fly, and soaring in a hot air balloon, Wausau's John Schwister decided to build his own airplane. Built in both St. Paul and Wausau, Schwister named the plane the "Minnesota-Badger." He made his first flight on June 23, 1911. It was the first Wisconsin-built airplane that could fly, and a Wisconsin Historical society marker in Rothschild celebrates the spot.

Aired: 01/24/11

Rating: TV-G

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