February 18: Elm Farm Ollie Day

cowToday is Elm Farm Ollie Day, also known by the more descriptive title, Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day. On February 18, 1930, a Guernsey cow named Nellie Jay or Elm Farm Ollie was flown from Bismarck, Missouri 72 miles to St. Louis for the International Air Exposition. The flight, besides being a great publicity stunt, was intended to let scientists study the effect of flight on animals.

milkWhile in the air, Elm Farm Ollie was milked. Then the milk was sealed in paper cartons attached to miniature parachutes and dropped on the people of St. Louis.

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

1 Peter 2:2-3

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