Aero Jet Medical Air Ambulance Authority celebrates the first crossing of the United States by airplane, achieved by Calbraith Perry Rodgers in 1911. Rodgers left Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17, 1911 in a Wright Flier that he purchased and named the “Vin Fiz”. He was accompanied by one of the Wright mechanics who traveled in a “hangar” car, a rolling railway boxcar workshop filled with spare parts to repair and maintain the airplane. He arrived in Pasadena, California, to a hero’s welcome on November 5th, 1911, 49 days after setting out. Although Pasadena was the official end of the coast-to-coast journey, Rodgers flew on to Long Beach to complete the flight at the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The total distance covered was 6,914 km (4,321 mi) in 82 hours, 4 minutes, total flying time at an average speed of 82.4 kph (51.5 mph). The Vin Fiz now resides at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.