Meet ‘Lindbergh’s Last Pilot’ on Thursday, Jan. 25

Capt. Ken Perkins was First Officer on the United Air Lines DC-8 that brought a dying Charles Lindbergh from New York to Hawaii in 1974. Now, 50 years later, come hear his story at the Aviation Museum of N.H.

The year 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, who died of complications from lymphoma on Aug. 26, 1974. Lindbergh’s death was preceded by a dramatic flight on a United Airlines DC-8 from New York City to Hawaii, where the ailing pilot wished to be laid to rest.

The flight was made against doctor’s orders on Aug. 19. Lindbergh, laid across a set of first class seats and curtained off from the other passengers, was accompanied by family members. On the way, his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh remarked that the journey was similar to his solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, as “no one believed he could do either and survive.”

One of three pilots on the United DC-8 for that journey was Ken Perkins, the flight’s co-pilot, now retired and a resident of New Hampshire. Perkins will recount the experience in ‘Lindbergh’s Final Flight,’ a talk at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

The presentation, which will include other tales from Perkins’ many decades of experience during what is now seen as “the Golden Age of Aviation,” is part of the museum’s “Exploring Aviation” speaker series.

Admission is $10 per person; members can attend free. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling the museum at (603) 669-4877 during business hours.

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