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 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 nobody that day in Austin may perhaps foresee all of the alterations that will outcome from manned flight, humans here--as in towns and cities around the United States--realized new period used to be commencing, they usually greeted it with all-out enthusiasm. This popularly written historical past tells the tale of aviation in Austin from 1911 to the hole of Austin-Bergstrom overseas Airport in 1999. Kenneth Ragsdale covers the entire major advancements, starting with army aviation actions in the course of global struggle I and carrying on with throughout the barnstorming period of the Twenties, the inauguration of airmail provider in 1928 and airline provider 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 warfare II, the expansion of business and armed forces aviation within the postwar interval, and the fight over airport enlargement that occupied the final a long time of the 20 th century. all through, he indicates how aviation and the town grew jointly and supported one another, which makes the Austin aviation adventure a case research of the influence of aviation on city groups national. (200509)
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