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Richards R-V The First Aeroplane Ever Seen in West Plains - 1918

Richards Student Showcase: Community History and Fine Arts Unit

The First Aeroplane Ever Seen in West Plains - 1918

The First Aeroplane Ever Seen in West Plains - 1918

Each year, Edwin Woolsey's third grade classes at Richards School complete a unit on West Plains history. The students and their teacher then work together to create a mural that illustrates a local historical event. Writing prompts are used to encourage the students to retell the historical event in creative ways.

This event was reported by the West Plains Daily Quill and was identified as an "aeroplane" at that time in our history (instead of airplane). The students wrote their own interpretations of the event.

The student stories:

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Brittany

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Brittany, an d I am 6 years old. I lived in West Plains so I got to see the plane when it flew over. The year was 1918.

There was a telephone call from my cousin at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, telling me that the plane was coming our way. It took 30 minutes to fly from Mammoth Spring to West Plains. It was 10:00 in the morning when the plane flew over our town. Flags were flying, and the motor was roaring. It looked like it was flying on magic wings. The people were so excited they fell on the ground. The animals tried to escape because of the loud noise. One horse almost got loose but the owner stopped it. My dog, Angel, ran away to chase the plane, but we caught her. Angel is a poodle.

The aeroplane was a canva s color. The pilot in the plane was tall. He was wearing goggles. He had a scarf too. The man looked funny. He even waved the wings at us to say, "Hello!" Then flags fell from the wings that said, "The first aero plane to fly over West Plains!" The plane did a loop and left.

When the plane was out of sight, everyone went back to their homes and cried. The did not want the plane to leave. But when they saw candy falling from the sky, their crying stopped. The people were happy again. That was the story of the first aeroplane to fly over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Joey

Once I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is David Crocker. I am twenty years old. I am in West Plains because I am going to college. I was riding around the square during open gym and heard a loud roar . Everybody pointed up at the aeroplane. The aviator waved down at us. He was flying very high. The strange machine was HUGE and was a creamy-yellow color.

I like automobiles and drive our black Model T Ford. I have a seventeen-year-old sister who is in her junior year of high school. My mom is forty-six and stays home. My dad is forty-eight and works at a mill in New York. I am enrolling at West Plains City College. I will be a sophomore. That's the story of the first aeroplane flight over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Damon

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Damon. I am six years old and live in West Plains. The year is 1918.

I was riding my bicycle in the yard when I heard a roaring noise coming up the railroad tracks. I saw a horse rear up and heard people yelling, "Look at the HUGE aeroplane!"

I saw the aviator in the plane wave at the people on the ground. He flew in a big circle around the town. On the back of the aeroplane was a flag. The yellow aeroplane had two wings. It flew over the courthouse. It took the aeroplane 30 minutes to fly from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to West Plains, Missouri. Then it left West Plains, Missouri, at 10:20 p.m. I thought the aeroplane was COOL!

The pilot wore goggles and a long sleeve shirt. He had dark brown hair that was short. He flew high above the trees. The aeroplane flew over the Quill on it's way out of town. The pilot flew the aeroplane right through the middle of a barn that had big, wide doors. That's my story about the West Plains' aeroplane.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Kelsey

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Cassidy. I am six years old. My grandma and I went shopping for groceries. We heard something high in the air. We looked up just in time to see the aeroplane roar over our heads! The gray plane was very loud. The horses went crazy! The dogs started barking. People were waving to the pilot and trying to calm their horses down. One of the wagons almost tipped over. That was the story about the aeroplane that flew over West Plains in 1918.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Amber

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Ashley and the year is 1918. I was with my grandma. I was watering the plants. My grandma was reading the news. The paper said, "An aeroplane is heading straight toward West Plains! It's coming from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. It will be here in 30 minutes!" My grandma called to me, and I went to see what she wanted. She said, "In 30 minutes the first aeroplane will be flying over West Plains!"

My grandmother and I were sitting on the front porch when suddenly a big ROARING sound passed overhead. We did not know what it was until it turned the corner and flew over the top of the courthouse. It was BEAUTIFUL! The aeroplane had streamers on the back and flags on the front. The pilot was wearing a scarf, a coat, goggles, and a hat. What an exciting day!

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Emily

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Emily. I wa s in West Plains because I was visiting a cousin. I was nine years old when the aeroplane flew over West Plains. I was walking my cousin's dog. I had just walked past the courthouse when I heard a loud ROAR! It was SCARY! Horses were running everywhere. A kid shouted, "What's that way up in the air?" It was an aeroplane! People were screaming and cheering for the aeroplane. The pilot waved the wings to say, "Hi!" to everyone. School dismissed early so we could see it all happen. That was the first aeroplane to ever fly over West Plains, Missouri.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Josh B.

Once I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Josh, and I'm twenty-two years old. I was at the market that day trading. But when I heard the roaring motor, I stopped what I was doing. I went to see what it was. Everybody was outside in pajamas. They were talking about an aeroplane flying to West Plains from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Then suddenly the plane whooshed out of the sky. It was as COOL as could be! It was AMAZING!

The front page of the Quill was about the aeroplane, and my entire family was talking about it. They thought it was BEAUTIFUL, and just to think, "The plane flew to West Plains in ONLY 30 minutes!" Wow! It was the first time an aeroplane had ever been seen in our town.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Justin

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. It was in 1918. Good evening! My name is Wally. I went outside and heard a very loud noise. So I went in my house to tell my mom and dad. They went outside with me. We saw a big aeroplane fly over the courthouse. Gage had his twenty-two because we were going hunting later. The plane was white and blue. The pilot's flag fell off, and I gave the flag back to him. He gave me a ride in the aeroplane. That was the first aeroplane to fly over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Darby

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Anna Crystal, and the date is July 3, 1918. I am four years old. I went to the courthouse. After court had ended I heard a loud ROAR! It was coming from the motor of an aeroplane that seemed to fly on magic wings. When the plane soared overhead, the flag said, "The first aeroplane to fly over West Plains." The people all looked up to see it pass quickly. The pilot wore a scarf. Everyone was so excited that they followed the plane. Some people followed in their cars. Some followed on horses colored brown and white. When they could not catch it, they went back to the square. The people were happy. They were wearing dresses and tuxedos with hats. The courthouse was brownish red. There were buggies everywhere. That was the fist plane to ever fly over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Derrick

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. The year was 1918. My name is Logan, and I am ten years old. I was there to see my uncle when I heard a ROAR! I looked up and saw an aeroplane. Everyone was screaming because the plane almost hit the courthouse. The pilot was waving at us, so we waved back. That's the story of the first aeroplane to fly over our town.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Kyle W.

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Kyle. I was six when I saw it. I was living in West Pl ains when we went to get groceries. That day I had to go to court. When I got out of the courthouse, everyone was pointing up at the sky. I looked and suddenly saw what they were pointing at. It was a yellow, blue, and orange aeroplane. It was noisy because it was not very high above the ground. It sounded like a train. The horses were going crazy! The teacher let us out of school to celebrate the first aeroplane in West Plains, but later he was so surprised that he almost had a heart attack. The kids were surprised too, but Mr. Woolsey had to go to the hospital. That's the first aeroplane that ever flew over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Samantha

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Samantha. I was four years old. I was in town to walk my dog and get food. I was in West Plains because I was also visiting my Grandma Kim. Suddenly, I heard and engine coming! It was an aeroplane! It was painted black. The aeroplane sounded like it wasn't very heavy, but it was flying high in the air. It was the first aeroplane in West Plains, and it was COOL! The animals went crazy because the noise was so loud. Then the aeroplane almost hit me! I saw some old cars. One was broken down. I saw horses pulling wagons. There were old houses too. It was fun living in West Plains when the first aeroplane came to town. It was a GREAT day!

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Haley

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. It happened in 1918. My name is Rose. I am 5 years old. I was in West Plains because I was taking care of my grandmother. I was staying at her house. Suddenly, I heard something. I went outside and saw an aeroplane. It was BIG and painted creamy yellow. All the town's people started waving when the pilot waved the wings. There were people in buggies and a boy with his dog. I even saw Model-T cars. Some of the people and animals were frightened. My grandmother even jumped out of bed and started walking! It was an EXCITING day!

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Bethany

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. The year was 1918. I was 4 at the time. My name is Bethany. The aeroplane was white, and it was high in the air. There were wagons and horses. The horses were going crazy. The wagons were about to tip over. But we got them fixed and the horses settled down. Finally, we watched the plane fly over. We all said at the same time, "Wow!" That's the story about the first aeroplane that flew over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Kaitlyn

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. I was six, and my name is Kaitlyn. I was in town to get my breakfast when everyone looked up and started pointing. So I looked up and saw the aeroplane. It had long streamers on it that were colored yellow, red blue, green and orange. It was HUGE, and the motor made a lot of noise. The plane was painted red, brown, and yellow. The pilot was wearing a scarf and helmet. He was waving the plane's wings. That was West Plains' first aeroplane.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
 by Wyatt

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. I was visiting my grandmother. My name is Timmy, and I am 8 years old. Everybody ran and hid because they thought the aeroplane was going to crash into the courthouse. I saw red, white, and blue flags waving back and forth. The pilot was wearing a scarf and waving too. The plane was painted creamy yellow and was made of canvas and wood. The pilot's scarf was green and his sweater was purple. The aeroplane flew high in the air. It came to West Plains from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas in 30 minutes. That was a very exciting day for me.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Cyle B.

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Cyle. I live in Missouri. I was walking my dog when I heard the noise. The aeroplane was flying above the railroad tracks toward town. It was painted black and white. Everybody was like, "WOW!" The people had never seen an aeroplane before. It flew over the Quill at 10:00 in the morning. It had a flag that said, "The first aeroplane to fly over West Plains." The dogs were barking, and the horses were running. That was the aeroplane that flew over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Ashley

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane fly over West Plains, Missouri. The year was 1918. Hi! My name is Amber, and I was two years old when I saw the aeroplane. I was in West Plains to pick up a package with my dad and mom. The aeroplane seemed to have magic wings! It sounded like a huge roaring bird! I really wanted a ride. It looked like so much fun, b ut it also looked a little scary. Everyone wanted to talk to the pilot. They all wanted a ride too. That was the first aeroplane that ever flew over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Kendra

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. The year was 1918. My name is Keele, and I'm four years old. I was in West Plains when I suddenly heard a roaring sound. I saw it when I was out of school at my grandma's house. It was an aeroplane flying over West Plains. I heard people yelling, "The first aeroplane is coming!" So I asked Grandma if we could go ? She said, "Yes! Get your stuff, and we will."

The people thought the plane was really BIG back then. They said it could even fly through barns. To me it looked like the plane was flying really high in the sky, but I was small. Everybody was happy and waved. The pilot waved his wings to say, "Hello!" That is the first aeroplane to fly over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Timmy

Once when I was grown I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. My name is John Wayne. I'm 20 years old. I was playing with my dog. Then somebody yelled, "An aeroplane is coming!" I looked up and saw it flying over the courthouse. The white plane was really loud. Joey was screaming his head off. That is the first aeroplane that ever flew over West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Brice

Once when I was seven I saw an aeroplane flying over West Plains, Missouri. The year was 1918. Hi! My name is Brice. I am nine now, but when I was still seven I went to court with my grandpa because he caught a twelve-inch fish. We had just arrived, and suddenly something was roaring in the sky so loud that my grandpa had to turn off his hearing aid. A ll the racket was being made by an aeroplane. The aviator was wearing a heavy coat and scarf. The aeroplane was painted red and had two pair of wings. The animals were going crazy. It was certainly a day to remember! The next day the West Plains Quill was very interesting to read! On the first page it said, "First Aeroplane To Fly Over West Plains!"
And I was there to see it!

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Gage

Once when I was little I saw an aeroplane fly over West Plains, Missouri. My name is Gage, and I am 10 years old. I live in Rolla, Missouri, but had to come to West Plains on a steam locomotive to meet some people that day. As soon as I stepped one foot in the courthouse....., "Rrrrrrrrr!" I heard an aeroplane. It was painted a light tan. It looked pretty and was very BIG! I could see the pilot talking, and I think he was saying, "Hello, to all!" When the plane flew over, the horses fell backwards. Everybody was too freaked out! That's when the first aeroplane came to West Plains.

The First West Plains' Aeroplane
by Kyla

Once when I was little I saw the first aeroplane fly over West Plains, Missouri. It was August 29, 1918. My name is Kyla, and I am nine. I was walking to tell my mom something about school when the plane flew over. People were screaming, animals were scared, but I was still calm. The aeroplane had streamers, flags, and magic wings. The bright red plane flew very low. I saw Mr. Woolsey outside looking at the plane. Haley was screaming. She almost had a heart attack. Joey was having fun like always. Finally, I saw my mom at the store. I went to talk to her. By the time I was done talking to my mom, the plane was gone. That's the story of the first aeroplane that ever flew over West Plains.




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