Granddaughter recreates Logan "Jack" Vilas' historic flight across Lake Michigan

July 1, 2013 6:53:20 PM PDT
Monday marked 100 years since the first man flew an airplane across Lake Michigan, and now his granddaughter's matching the feat.

Logan "Jack" Vilas made aviation history when he piloted his Cessna 1-85 seaplane from Saint Joseph, Michigan to Chicago's Navy Pier.

That was on July 1, 1913.

And on Monday, his granddaughter, Faith Vilas, successfully made the journey too.

"My grandfather was a pilot, my father was a pilot, my aunt was pilot, I'm a pilot. I never assumed that I couldn't fly. So I always knew that he had done a lot of aviation firsts. I thought, 'it was the 100 year anniversary,' I should try to do this," said Vilas.

Vilas has been planning the commemorative flight for two years.