The Plane Truth

For every pioneer, groundbreaker, and darling of history who’s achieved great feats, there’s likely an under-appreciated assistant or lackey who did most of the work but gets little of the glory.

In the case of renowned pilot Charles Lindbergh, the man behind the scenes was workaholic aviation whiz Donald A. Hall. In a mere 60 days, the aeronautical engineer slaved away on the design and construction of The Spirit of Saint Louis that carried Lindbergh on his famed 1927 transatlantic flight. While the pilot secured his place in history after jaunting across the pond (only to later sully his legacy with his pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic sentiments), Hall became something of a footnote in aviation lore.

Local artist Nova Hall gives his grandfather his due in “Flying Over Time: The Spirit of St. Louis Experience,” a multimedia exhibition devoted to Donald’s creation and collaboration with Lindbergh, consisting of various historical photographs, technical schematics, and paintings created by the younger Hall that were inspired by the famed plane.

Fri., Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m., 2011
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