Dallas Aviation, Texas (Images of Aviation Series)

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Since Otto Brodie's airplane flight at Fair Park in 1910, the city of Dallas has seen over 100 years of rich and diverse aviation activity. Many of those years were spent on a long and complex road to a consolidated airport for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, an impasse finally resolved with the dedication of Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport in 1974. Central to Dallas aviation history is Love Field, established as a military base in 1917. A waypoint for famous flights such as the first round-the-world flight in ...

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Overview

Since Otto Brodie's airplane flight at Fair Park in 1910, the city of Dallas has seen over 100 years of rich and diverse aviation activity. Many of those years were spent on a long and complex road to a consolidated airport for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, an impasse finally resolved with the dedication of Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport in 1974. Central to Dallas aviation history is Love Field, established as a military base in 1917. A waypoint for famous flights such as the first round-the-world flight in 1924, a venue for colorful characters like barnstormer and bootlegger "Slats" Rodgers, and the site of World War II's largest Air Transport Command base—Love Field was all this and more. Although no longer the region's primary commercial airfield, Love Field remains a major aviation facility as the home of Southwest Airlines and several internationally recognized business aircraft operations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738579887
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Images of Aviation Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 784,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Bruce A. Bleakley, a 20-year Air Force veteran with 5,000 hours of flying time, is currently museum director of the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field Airport. The images in Dallas Aviation come from the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the History of Aviation Collection at the University of Texas at Dallas, and other individual and organizational sources.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Flights and the Birth of Love Field 9

2 The Golden Age in Dallas 27

3 The Airlines Come to Dallas 45

4 World War II 59

5 The Postwar Years 75

6 The Long Journey to a Common Airport 89

7 Exit Braniff, Enter Southwest 103

8 Dallas Aviation in 2000 and Beyond 117

Bibliography 126

About the Organizations 127

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Excellent book - it sits right on my coffee table.

    The detail was amazing. I live in Dallas, and I knew only about 10% of the information in there. The pictures were amazing and clear, and the transition from one chapter to another was pretty smooth. It only took me about an hour to read, I was fascinated. Thanks.

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