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Nebraska Department of Aeronautics
Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

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Roy Furstenberg manufactured the first commercial airplane in Omaha, Nebraska. Furstenberg's Prettiest Mile Airways, forerunner to his Overland Airways, was located at today's entrance to Eppley Airfield and started with a handful of planes. But it was the Overland Sport, a two-seat training and sport plane that put Furstenberg's company on the map in the 1920s. The company designed, tested, promoted, and sold the plane, said by one pilot to be "the sweetest little flying ship he had ever handled."

Furstenberg's enterprises included an aircraft engine mechanics school, which soon became a major player in engine rebuilding. The company thrived until 1929, but did not survive the ravages of the Great Depression.

 

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