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Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day

Description

Today we celebrate the day the first cow flew in an airplane, as well as the first day a cow was milked while flying in an airplane. On February 18, 1930, a Guernsey cow named Nellie Jay, who also was known as Elm Farm Ollie, flew from Bismarck, Missouri, on a Ford Trimotor plane, to the International Aviation Exhibition in St. Louis. Nellie Jay was chosen because she was a high milk producing cow, and because she had a calm nature. The trip was taken to show the ability of the aircraft, and to take scientific data about the cow's behavior. Claude M. Sterling piloted the aircraft, while Elsworth W. Bunce of Wisconsin accompanied the cow, and was the first man to milk a cow in flight.

During the 72 mile flight, the milk that Nellie Jay gave was packaged in paper cartons. It was then parachuted to spectators who were watching the flight. Nellie Jay reportedly produced 24 quarts of milk during the flight, and it is even believed that Charles Lindbergh received one of the quarts at the Exhibition. Nellie Jay became known as the Sky Queen after the flight.

Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day, also known as Elm Farm Ollie Day, is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on February 18th.

How to Observe

If you can't celebrate the day by milking a cow while flying in an airplane, do the things separately: take an airplane flight or visit a farm and milk a cow. If you don't have time to do either of these, drink a quart of milk while reading a book about airplanes.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on February 18th--

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Alternate Names

  • Elm Farm Ollie Day

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