Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day


Anna Caroline

We just celebrated Valentine’s Day and you have probably heard of many other national holidays, but did you know there is a National Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day? This day began on February 18, 1930, when a calm natured, high milk producing, Guernsey cow named Nellie Jay was the first cow to fly in an airplane. She flew 72 miles from Bismarck, Missouri to the International Aviation Exhibition in St. Louis. She was accompanied by Elsworth W. Bunce from Wisconsin, and he became the first man to milk a cow in flight. During the flight, Nellie’s milk was packaged in cartons and parachuted down to spectators observing the flight. She produced 24 quarts of milk while in the air and later became known as the one and only Sky Queen.