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Osa Johnson's Spirit of Africa at the Chanute Municipal Airport 1933


This photo of Osa Johnson's Sikorsky Amphibian "Spirit of Africa" is shown parked in Chanute after purchase, and before the African Flying Safari.  The airport was renamed "The Martin Johnson Airport" in 1935 after Martin conducted some flood relief in Chanute using Osa's plane to get supplies to regional areas cut off by high waters.  Vern Carstens, the FOB at the airport who also piloted for the Johnson's on their African Flying Safari, was a driving force in the naming of the airport and later when the museum was opened in 1961.  This image was one of the first postcards created in the 1960s to raise money in support of the museum.

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