Profile America -- Friday, February 18th. One of the stranger firsts in aviation history occurred on this date in 1930, as part of the Saint Louis International Air Exposition. A dairy cow, named "Elm Farm Ollie," became the first bovine passenger to fly in an airplane. In fact, she was milked during the flight and the milk was parachuted to the ground in paper containers. The event is celebrated each year by the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, second in the nation in terms of milk production, topped only by California. There are 9.2 million milk cows in the U.S. -- most of them permanently grounded. Together, they produce nearly 190 billion pounds of milk annually. Every ounce of that output is needed, since each of us consumes more than 600 pounds of dairy products each year. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 134
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 867, 213
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