Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 1934

Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. All of us kids went out and played up at Pauline's.

Jimmie Angel landed at the
James Crawford "Jimmie" Angel (August 1, 1899 – December 8, 1956)

Born in Cedar Valley, Missouri, Angel was an American aviator after whom Angel Falls
in Venezuela, the tallest waterfall in the world, is named.

The falls, which cascade from the top of Auyantepui in the remote Gran Sabana region of
Venezuela, were not known to the outside world until Jimmie Angel flew over them on November 18,
 1933 while searching for a valuable ore bed.

Jimmie Angel's Flamingo monoplane

On October 9, 1937, Jimmie Angel returned to the falls with the intention of landing. On board
 his Flamingo monoplane that day were his second wife Marie, Gustavo Heny, and Miguel
Delgado, Heny's gardener. Jimmie attempted a landing but despite a successful touchdown, his
El Rio Caroni aircraft nose-dived when it hit soft ground at the end of its landing run. The wheels
 sank in the mud making take-off impossible.

The occupants were unharmed but had to trek across difficult terrain with low food supplies
for 11 days to make their way off the tepui and down to the nearest settlement at Kamarata.
When word got out of their exploits, Angel received near-legendary status in Venezuela.
His aircraft remained atop Auyantepui until 1970, when it was disassembled into parts and lifted
 down by Venezuelan military helicopters. Today an El Rio CaronĂ­ can be seen outside the airport
 terminal at Ciudad Bolivar. The airplane was re-assembled in the city of Maracay's aviation museum.

In keeping with his wishes, Jimmie Angel's ashes were scattered over Angel Falls in July 1960.

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