February 18, 1930

On February 18, 1930, Elm Farm Ollie, a Guernsey cow, was the first cow to be flown on an airplane. Another first that happened on that flight was that she was also the first cow to be milked while flown on an airplane. This was done to supposedly allow scientists to observe the in-flight effects on a large mammal, but it was mostly done as a publicity stunt. The milk from the mid-air milking was sealed in paper cartons and parachuted to the spectators below. At least it wasn’t live turkeys being kicked out of a helicopter as a Thanksgiving stunt.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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