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Harford's history making 'birdmen' remembered 100 years later

Harford's history making 'birdmen' remembered 100 years later

The story of Calbraith Perry Rodgers Jr. and his Vin Fiz Flyer isn't just one about flying transcontinental when it seemed to be an impossible feat. And, it isn't just a story about the exploits of a member of a prestigious military family hailing from Harford County.

As Peter Ianniello, owner of Mt. Felix Vineyard & Winery, which sits next door to the Rodgers ancestral home Sion Hill, says, the Vin Fiz Flyer tale is one about "overcoming tremendous adversity and odds."

On Sept. 17, 1911 — 100 years ago Saturday — "Cal" Rodgers took off from Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., in his newly-bought Wright biplane (he was the first civilian to purchase...

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