Orville and Wilbur Wright were dubious when Cal Rogers decided to fly from one end of the continent to the other. In 1911, they knew their machines were fragile and not fast. Top speed was 55 miles an hour. But "somebody's got to be first," Rogers said, and anyway there was the $50,000 William Randolph Hearst was offering. Rogers got a sponsor for the $18,000 worth of manpower and spare parts he needed. An ad for new sparkling grape drink, Vin Fiz, would be painted under the wings. During the 49-day trip, he crashed-landed 15 of the 70 times he touched down. Cal Rogers missed Hearst's 30-day deadline, but got the first.