November 28, 1922

On This Date in! in 1922, Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force performed the first public exhibition of skywriting over New York’s Times Square. He was going to spell out, “For an extraordinary social engagement, please contact Louisa Cleo Vanderbilt, at her earliest convenience by dialing 7200 on her telephone, between 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 5:00 PM on Friday. Please do not contact her on either Saturday or Sunday, as that is her days that she travels to the countryside for her relaxation.” When his Scottish engineer explained to the daft pilot that he only had enough fuel and smoke for 30 letters, Captain Turner spelled out, “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” and history was made.

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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One Response to November 28, 1922

  1. The Wicked Witch of the West says:

    Bah! I’ve been skywriting for ages!

    If you want to do it properly, use a broom. Watch out for rain though; that stuff can kill you.


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