On the eve of this year's Democratic convention, Representative James Roosevelt of California commemorated a notable family and party event of a generation ago: the flight of his father, Franklin D.
On the eve of this year's Democratic convention, Representative James Roosevelt of California commemorated a notable family and party event of a generation ago: the flight of his father, Franklin D. Roosevelt, from Albany, New York, to Chicago to accept the 1932 Democratic presidential nomination.
The locations weren't the same. This time the flight started in Washington, D.C., and ended in Atlantic City, where the Democrats opened their 1964 convention on Monday (24 August). But the transportation was the same. As his father did in 1932, the year in which FDR was first elected to the presidency, Congressman Roosevelt made the trip to the convention in a Ford tri-motor--popularly known as a "tin goose." He was accompanied by his wife, his two children and several friends.
The tri-motor airplane used by Congressman Roosevelt flew from 1929 to 1936 for American Airways, the predecessor of American Airlines American bought the "tin goose" back from a private owner two years ago and restored it to its 1929 condition. Over the past several months, the plane has logged more than 100,000 miles on goodwill tours around the U.S. It has room for eight passengers and cruises at about 100 miles an hour--compared with more than 600 miles an hour for today's airliners. The tin goose will eventually be given to the Air Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.