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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 determine 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 nobody that day in Austin may possibly foresee all of the alterations that might outcome from manned flight, humans here--as in towns and cities around the United States--realized new period used to be beginning, and so they 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 global warfare I and carrying on with throughout the barnstorming period of the Nineteen 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 seems on the collage of Texas's function in education pilots in the course of global conflict II, the expansion of industrial and armed forces 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 indicates how aviation and the town grew jointly and supported one another, which makes the Austin aviation event a case research of the effect of aviation on city groups national. (200509)
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U. Taylor of the Engineering School administered the program. m. daily except Monday. 16 The University was destined to play an even larger role in the war effort. On January 19, 1918, University president Robert E. Vinson and presidents of one hundred twenty other colleges and universities met jointly in Washington with representatives of the Federal Board on Vocational Education and the War Department. Simple economy again prompted the government to turn to colleges and universities, with their established staffs and facilities, to help in wartime training.
Reaching an altitude of approximately two thousand feet, he circled the Capitol building, turned south once again, and disappeared against a dark cloud bank. As Rodgers flew southward toward San Antonio, had he been clairvoyant, he might have read into the ominous overcast a dark premonition of what lay ahead. An all-too-familiar scenario was about to repeat itself. Some fifteen miles south of Austin, Rodgers heard a loud bang. His engine began vibrating violently, and then stopped. Flying over fairly level terrain, he managed to glide to a comparatively safe landing in a cotton field.
9 They departed Austin on May 2, 1917, and reported to RFC headquarters in Toronto on Monday, May 7. Col. Hiram Bingham, former Yale University professor and chairman of the United States Commission to the Toronto Royal Flying Corps, greeted the eighteen university representatives. He explained they were temporarily appointed as aeronautical engineers, as well as official members of the commission. Each representative received a copy of a letter from W. F. Durand that outlined the objectives of the conference.
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