March 4, 2017

Austin, Cleared for Takeoff: Aviators, Businessmen, and the by Kenneth B. Ragsdale

By Kenneth B. Ragsdale

Austin, Texas, entered the aviation age on October 29, 1911, while Calbraith Perry Rodgers landed his Wright EX Flyer in a vacant box close to the present-day intersection of Duval and forty fifth Streets. a few 3,000 excited humans rushed out to determine the pilot and his aircraft, very similar to the masses of hundreds of thousands who mobbed Charles A. Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis in Paris 16 years later. even though not anyone that day in Austin may foresee all of the adjustments that might outcome from manned flight, humans here—as in towns and cities around the United States—realized new period was once establishing, they usually greeted it with all-out enthusiasm.

This popularly written heritage tells the tale of aviation in Austin from 1911 to the outlet of Austin-Bergstrom overseas Airport in 1999. Kenneth Ragsdale covers all of the major advancements, starting with army aviation actions in the course of international battle I and carrying on with during the barnstorming period of the Nineteen Twenties, the inauguration of airmail carrier in 1928 and airline carrier in 1929, and the commitment of the 1st municipal airport in 1930. He additionally appears on the college of Texas's function in education pilots in the course of international struggle II, the expansion of industrial and army aviation within the postwar interval, and the fight over airport enlargement that occupied the final many years of the 20 th century. all through, he exhibits how aviation and the town grew jointly and supported one another, which makes the Austin aviation event a case examine of the influence of aviation on city groups nationwide.

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