By Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale
Austin, Texas, entered the aviation age on October 29, 1911, whilst 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 masses of millions 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 the entire adjustments that may end result from manned flight, humans here--as in towns and cities around the United States--realized new period was once beginning, they usually greeted it with all-out enthusiasm. This popularly written historical past 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 Twenties, the inauguration of airmail carrier in 1928 and airline provider in 1929, and the commitment of the 1st municipal airport in 1930. He additionally appears to be like on the college of Texas's function in education pilots in the course of international warfare II, the expansion of business and armed forces aviation within the postwar interval, and the fight over airport enlargement that occupied the final many years of the 20th century. all through, he indicates how aviation and the town grew jointly and supported one another, which makes the Austin aviation adventure a case examine of the impression of aviation on city groups national. (200509)
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Austin, Cleared for Takeoff: Aviators, Businessmen, and the Growth of an American City (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture, No. 14) by Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale