“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”
Raise a Glass to Charles Lindbergh
Chandelle Winery-which specializes in California wines in bottles that feature aviation art-is marking the 80th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's epic flight from New York to Paris with specially adorned 2004 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Chardonnay. The wines will be available only until the end of this year.
A "substantial portion" of the proceeds will be donated to the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, according to Chandelle owners Robert and Kathy Arnold. The foundation supports grants "for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance."
Chandelle Winery (
www.chandellewinery.com) is part of famed World War II five-star general Hap Arnold's El Rancho Feliz estate. Robert is the general's grandson, and the general was a friend of the Lindberghs. Another Arnold family friend, painter Keith Ferris, created the "19th Hour" artwork for the 80th anniversary wine bottle label, beautifully capturing Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis flying through a colorful cloudscape a little more than halfway through his flight.
Not surprisingly, a chandelle, which is French for "candle," is also a flying maneuver. It combines a climb with a constant-rate turn of 180 degrees, ending up with the airplane flying just above stall speed.