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Packard Takes Flight

Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
1. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker
Inscription.  
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 39.688′ N, 83° 2.273′ 
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - upper left image image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
2. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - upper left image
Artwork form a company magazine of the Proving Grounds, reflecting Packard's embrace of both automotive and aviation technology.
W. Marker is in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker can be reached from North Proving Grounds Boulevard. Marker is on North Proving Grounds Boulevard in the former Packard Proving Grounds, about 0.2 miles west of Van Dyke Avenue. There is no street sign for North Proving Grounds Boulevard, which is about 0.4 miles north of 22 Mile Road. The grounds of the Proving Grounds behind the main gates are not always open to the public. 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.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World I
 
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - lower left image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
3. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - lower left image
In a Packard showroom in 1928, automobiles are displayed beside an airplane powered by a Packard aircraft motor.
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - upper center image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
4. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - upper center image
World-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh riding in a Packard during a parade in his honor in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1927 after the success of his first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - lower center image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
5. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - lower center image
The Packard diesel radial (DR980) engine powering a Stinson Detroiter airplane at the Proving Grounds in 1929.
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
6. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker - right image
Packard Motor Company President Alvan Macauley with Charles Lindbergh at the Proving Grounds.
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
7. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker
View looking west down North Proving Grounds Boulevard. This marker is at the far right of the image.
Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
8. Packard Takes Flight: Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds Marker
In the background is the Lindbergh Hangar.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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