18th Day of February

1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft

Elm Farm Ollie (known as “Nellie Jay” and post-flight as “Sky Queen”) was the first cow to fly in an airplane, doing so on 18 February 1930, as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

On the same trip, which covered 72 miles in a Ford Trimotor airplane from Bismarck, Missouri, to St. Louis, she also became the first cow milked in flight.

1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft

This was done ostensibly to allow scientists to observe mid air effects on animals, as well as for publicity purposes.

Elm Farm Ollie was reported to have been an unusually productive Guernsey cow, requiring three milking’s a day and producing 24 quarts of milk during the flight itself.

Extra Note: Wisconsin native Elsworth W. Bunce milked her, becoming the first man to milk a cow mid-flight.

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