- Written by Corwin Gibson
- September 27th, 2013
Christopher Fox Graham/Larson Newspapers
Nova Hall, grandson of late airplane designer Donald Hall, stands with original blueprints for the Spirit of St. Louis at the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority’s USO Show & Dance on Friday, Sept. 20. Donald Hall designed the plane for Charles Lindbergh, and the blueprints were stored in an old trunk until Nova Hall discovered them at his father’s home in the Village of Oak Creek in 1999.
With the Sedona Airport’s Family Fun Day occurring over the weekend, the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority held a special event to kick off the festivities on the night of Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. with its first USO Show & Dance.
In attendance were friends of the Airport Authority, along with the pilots of the aircraft on display, and all enjoyed barbecue pork and buffalo wings, as well as wine and beer provided by the Sedona Winefest. The evening acted as a tribute to World War II, with the B-25J “Mitchell” bomber “Executive Sweet” on display and guests encouraged to wear 1940s-era costumes.
Part of the evening was devoted to the unveiling of a so-called mystery trunk owned by former Sedona resident Nova Hall, grandson of the designer of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis aircraft, Donald Hall. Hall was introduced by the crowd by aviator and aircraft collector Kermit Weeks, who discussed his plans to build a theme park in central Florida devoted to aeronautics and aviation.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Sept. 25, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.