The Rocketeer,

Minute 015: Win Your Wings With Lucky

May 12, 2017

Guest Host: Erik Lindbergh

Erik Lindbergh is an aviator, adventurer, and an artist. The grandson of pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh. In 2002 Erik Lindbergh honored the 75th anniversary of his grandfather’s historic flight by retracing the journey in his own single-engine aircraft. After his anniversary flight, Erik participated in the Flight Across America project. A graduate of Emery Aviation College where he received his Aeronautical Science degree, Erik serves as a Trustee and Vice President of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit organization that stimulates the creation of a new generation of launch vehicles designed to carry passengers into space. Erik is also a Director of the Lindbergh Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering his grandparents belief in creating a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation. The Foundation promotes gives grants, does educational programs and gives the Lindbergh award each year for work dedicated to “Balance” concept.

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Cliff and Peevy move closer to the device, which Cliff turned off moments ago after its wild flight through the hangar.

Cliff touches the outer cowling of the device. “The housing’s still cool!” he says to Peevy.

Peevy sniffs the air. “Runs on alcohol,” he says. “What’s the damn thing for?” Cliff picks the device up off the chair, and gets an idea. “Hold it, Peevy,” says Cliff, handing the metallic side of the device to Peevy. The back of the device is made of leather, with two straps.  “Just hold it,” repeats Cliff.

Cliff slides his arms through the straps, and then pulls the straps tight. The device is now seated on Cliff’s back. Obviously it’s meant to be worn as a backpack. Cliff locks the leather belt  around himself and looks at Peevy. Both men realize this rocket is a personal flying machine.

Later that evening, the scene changes to Hangar Number Two of Chaplin Field, ‘Lucky’ Lindy’s Flight School. Their motto: “Win Your Wings… … With LUCKY” is written over their entrance.

Someone is sawing metal. A statue of Lucky Lindy is shuddering back and forth and then topples. “Tip her over, tip her over — easy!” says Peevy, as he and Cliff load the statue into the back of Peevy’s pickup truck.

“Watch it!” says Cliff as Lindy lands in the back of the truck. Peevy and Cliff jump into the cab of the pickup and drive off into the darkness. The feet of Lindy’s statue stick out the back of the truck.

In This Minute

Alan Arkin as Peevy
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord



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