Retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Zinno designed, built and flew America’s first human-powered aircraft. The Providence-born Zinno, a flying veteran of three wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam), also successfully ditched a transport plane off the coast of Japan in 1946 and saved the lives of The Sharon Rogers All Girl Band, a USO troupe that had just completed a 7-month tour of the South Pacific.
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