By Kenneth Baxter 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 work out the pilot and his aircraft, very like the loads of millions who mobbed Charles A. Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis in Paris 16 years later. although not anyone that day in Austin may perhaps foresee the entire alterations that may end result from manned flight, humans here--as in towns and cities around the United States--realized new period was once commencing, they usually greeted it with all-out enthusiasm. This popularly written heritage tells the tale of aviation in Austin from 1911 to the hole of Austin-Bergstrom foreign Airport in 1999. Kenneth Ragsdale covers the entire major advancements, starting with army aviation actions in the course of international struggle I and carrying on with throughout the barnstorming period of the Nineteen Twenties, the inauguration of airmail provider in 1928 and airline carrier in 1929, and the commitment of the 1st municipal airport in 1930. He additionally seems on the college of Texas's function in education pilots in the course of international warfare II, the expansion of business and army aviation within the postwar interval, and the fight over airport growth that occupied the final a long time 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 adventure a case learn of the effect of aviation on city groups national. (200509)
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