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Model of first Plane to cross Continental Divide on display in Helena

Feature Story - Seeley Lake Fly-In

One hundred and three years after Cromwell Dixon took off from Helena and became the first person to fly over the Continental Divide, his plane is back in town. At least a model of it is. Bob Ohnstad loaned a one-quarter scale replica of Dixon’s Curtiss Model DIII aircraft to the Helena Regional Airport Tuesday, September 30, the anniversary of the record-setting flight. "His plane has never been modeled, that I know of," Ohnstad said. Dixon's claim to fame occurred after the State Fair Board and Helena business leaders offered $10,000 to the first person to fly over the Continental Divide.

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