Ragwings Over The Sacramento River: Early aviation in Sacramento County, the westside counties, and the far northern counties of the Sacramento Valley 1909-1939

Ragwings Over The Sacramento River: Early aviation in Sacramento County, the westside counties, and the far northern counties of the Sacramento Valley 1909-1939

Ragwings Over The Sacramento River: Early aviation in Sacramento County, the westside counties, and the far northern counties of the Sacramento Valley 1909-1939

Ragwings Over The Sacramento River: Early aviation in Sacramento County, the westside counties, and the far northern counties of the Sacramento Valley 1909-1939


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Historical accounts of the first successful flight in California's capital city and other notable Northern California flights that followed over three decades, the courageous aviators, and development of long forgotten airports from which they flew. Among them is the story of aviatrix Blanche Stuart Scott's 1912 flights and Sac Muni female pilots twenty years later. Included is the first accurate history of early ag-flying in the north state revolutionizing the farmers. Part of a three-book series of Northern California's early aviation history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935807391
Publisher: Heidelberg Graphics
Publication date: 03/14/2018
Pages: 524
Sales rank: 761,993
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Born in Marysville and raised in North Sacramento, Allen Herr attended primary and Norte Del Rio High School developing his talent playing French horn. In 1963, at age 18, he was hired by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra to play horn. A year later, the Sacramento Light Opera Co. (Music Circus) hired him for the pit orchestra of its summer stock productions. He joined the William Land

Park Band, Forrey Long's Dance Orchestra, John Nelson's Big Band, and (his favorite) a Dixieland big band, Sugar Willy and the Ten Cubes. Income from these groups, plus other freelance work, enabled him to stay in Sacramento and attend college, majoring in music

and minoring in American history. The student was paid to teach horn at Sacramento State College and University of the Pacific in

Stockton. In the late '60s, he served with the 52nd Army Band at Fort Ord and later with the 59th National Guard Band at Sacramento. Retiring from music in 1982, he joined his father Ted in the well drilling business.

Herr started flying lessons at Sacramento's Branstetter Airport in 1964, and has over 1,800 private pilot hours. An avid student of aviation history since given Douglas Rolfe's Airplanes of the World at age nine, he has belonged to American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) and the Experimental Aviation Association over 45 years. Herr always wanted to contribute to aviation history literature, thus authoring articles for the AAHS journal, British journal Air Enthusiast, and several regional historical society quarterlies. This is his third book in a series about early aviation in the Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay Area between 1910-1939. The others are Golden Wings Over The Feather River (2015) and Wooden Wings Over The Golden Gate (2016).

Kathe Herr graduated with honors in liberal arts and sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then began a 40-year career mostly spent teaching sixth graders on Beale Air Force Base. In 1984 she discovered computers and shared her enthusiasm for technology with her students.

In 1969 Herr started flight lessons the day astronauts landed on the moon, earned her private pilot license and eventually a commercial license. She raced a Mooney Mk. 21 in competitions from California to Oregon. Kathe and the "love of her life" husband Allen have flown coast to coast sharing adventures in their Bellanca Decathlon. They reside near Yuba City, California, with their beloved pups Bella and Skyla.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1

Knabenshue’s dirigible flights of 1909 – Roy Crosby flies first – The “Fiesta of the Dawn of Gold” state fair committee hires Hamilton – Ivy Baldwin tries for state fair flying job

Chapter 2

Charlie Hamilton flies at the state fair – The crash of the Hamiltonian – Kerns and the phony “Bud” Mars – Chappell and Brainard, aeroplane builders – The nation’s top exhibition pilots come to Sacramento with Dick Ferris’ air circus – Ivan Gates brings the Bay Area’s best to fly at the fairgrounds – Bob Fowler and the first power line patrol – Lincoln Beachey at Sacramento

Chapter 3

Frank Bryant and Sam Purcell fly for the 1917 California State Fair – Liberty Iron Works build JN-4s for war – Mather Field is created – Great War aviators at Sacramento – Jack Irwin

Chapter 4

Postwar Aviation – Mather Field pathfinder flights – The creation of Del Paso Airport – An airfield at Curtis Oaks – The War Mother’s Aero Circus – Sacramento flying in 1921 and 1922 – Sacramento Valley airports in 1922

Chapter 5

Chinese flying school at Courtland – Sierra Aircraft Company and its airfield – First Annual Sacramento Air Meet – US Air Mail Service plane lands at Sacramento

Chapter 6

A revitalized municipal airport at Del Paso Park – Irwin Airport is abandoned by its creator – Sierra Airport is renamed Eagle Rock Airport

Chapter 7

Capital Air Lines – The Sacramento Aircraft Show of 1928 – Flying activities at Sacramento airports – Replacing Del Paso Airport – Final years at Eagle Rock Airport

Chapter 8

New airlines and flying services – Roseville opens an airport – Del Paso hangs on – New municipal airport sites are studied – The Sacramento Aviation Club – NAA Chapter is formed – New management at Del Paso – The first California Air Tour

Chapter 9

Prominent Sacramento aviators of the 1920s – John Fulton “Jack” Irwin – Henry G. “Andy” Andrews – Ray E. Nicholson – Ingvald Fagerskog ­– Leo Moore – Walter L. Lockhoof – Jack Beilby – Arthur F. Mickel – Ken Blaney – A. B. Willett

Chapter 10

A new municipal airport on Freeport Boulevard – Airwar over the Sacramento Valley – A grand airport dedication – New flying businesses on a new airport – Aircraft movements at the new airport – Sacramento flying activities for 1931 through 1933

Chapter 11

Commercial flying at the new municipal airport – Forrest Earle Bennett – Bob Laurin – Harold G. “Buzz” Slingsby – Summit Flying Service – Kimball Flying Service – Capital Airlines Inc. – Boeing Air Transport – Pacific Air Transport – Century Pacific Lines Ltd. – Consolidated Air Lines – Varney Air Lines

Chapter 12

Women in aviation – Sacramento’s Avis Bielefeld – Sacramento flying activities 1936 and beyond – B-17s at Sacramento Muni in 1937 – Del Paso Airport’s final years

... and ten more chapters

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