Shreeve Wilhelm of St. Johns, Arizona,
was amazed to read Chuck Bausback's
account (at left) of flying under the
Navajo Bridge. My Dad told a similar
story, back in the 40's he also flew
under the bridge! He was in a group
- I think there were three planes -
and all three flew under the bridge.
I have always assumed that they were
the only ones who had ever done that,
so I was surprised to read Chuck's account.
Now, I'm wondering if it was something
that a lot of fliers did back then?
Maybe it was a status thing to be able
to say you flew under the Navajo Bridge?
remembers seeing people on the bridge
taking pictures as he flew under it,
so somewhere out there someone has pictures
of his daredevil flight. He told me
that as he flew down the narrow canyon
and was approaching the bridge, he looked
at it and thought to himself that he
was never going to make it, the plane
was going to touch the canyon walls
and crash, but he was committed, it
was too late to abort the flight, and
luckily he made it through.
Wesley Shreeve (my dad) and Darwin Grant
were two of the three fliers who were
in Dad's party. I wonder how many people
there are out there who have flown under