Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Packard Takes Flight
Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds
The "Master Motor Builders" at Packard
made some of the world's best engines for both automobiles and aircraft. Packard first manufactured aircraft engines during World War I and continued after that war. Packard used the nearly mile-long infield of the Proving Grounds automotive test-track as a landing strip. Engineers refined the world's first Diesel radial aircraft engine, the DR-980, in the aircraft hangar at the test track and Packard test pilots proved the engine's superior range and safety. On August 15, 1929, famous aviator Charles Lindbergh visited the Proving Grounds for a test-flight of the DR-980 in a Stinson airplane.
You Auto Know
The first flight of a fixed-wing aircraft with a diesel radial engine occurred at the Packard Proving Grounds on September 18, 1928.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 15, 1929.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Utica MI 48317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Extreme Testing (within shouting distance of this marker); Made for Speed (within shouting distance of this marker); In Times of War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Quality First" (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Vincent Family (approx. 0.2 miles away); Base of Operations (approx. 0.2 miles away); Packard Proving Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Packard Motor Car Company / Packard Proving Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby Charter Township.
Also see . . .
1. Packard DR-980. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Stinson Detroiter. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.