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Victor Stanzel, a farm boy whose Austrian grandparents immigrated to the Schulenberg area in the 1870s, started carving balsawood into replica airplanes as a youngster.

The 1920s was an exciting decade for American aviation: Barnstormers flew from town to town showing off their daredevil tricks; pioneering pilots set speed and distance records, then quickly broke them; and some of the first passenger airlines tested the skies. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the decade occurred in 1927, when Charles Lindbergh made his solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Young Victor Stanzel of Schulenburg grew up during this golden era of aviation, and that’s when his own ambitions began to take flight.

Published in CULTURE & LIFESTYLE
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