July 2012

An Airplane Surprise!

By the late 1950s, airplanes were a fairly common sight over Des Moines, but not quite like this.  On January 29, 1957, Roy Soderquist took a Cessna 172 from his flight instructor and spent the next several hours flying low over downtown Des Moines. He managed a crash landing in a field, with little injury to himself and the plane. Charges against him were dismissed.