View of the Past: Cadet V.M. Andrews lands in a tree at Scott Field in 1918

Airplane mishaps were fairly common in the early days at Scott Field, present day Scott Air Force Base.  In 1918, Cadet V. M. Andrews was flying solo when the motor stopped cold.  Turning into a glider, the plane overshot a small field and headed for trees.  He tried to go over them but instead made this snug landing right into the branches of a tree, not far from the ground. He jumped out of the plane unhurt.  When not flying, Cadet Andrews was the circulation manager for Scott Field’s first newspaper, The Aerofoil.

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)