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1920s: A Decade of Change
by Silverstein, Barrett A. Have you ever heard the phrase “the roaring twenties?” Also known as the Jazz Age, the decade of the 1920s featured economic prosperity and carefree living for many. The decade began with a roar and [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Adams, Kate
by Boyd, Sandra O. Today, women can pilot commercial airliners and military planes, but not too long ago, they could not get such jobs. After the Wright brothers flew the first airplane, both men and women learned to [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Airmail Service
by Crumbley, Tony L. Airmail Service by Tony L. Crumbley, 2006 Airmail service developed after the Wright brothers' first flight at Kill Devil Hill in 1903, as aviators began to anticipate airplanes' practical [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Airplane, First Flight of
by Parramore, Thomas C. At 10:35 a.m. on 17 Dec. 1903, the first powered flight of an airplane was made from the base of Kill Devil Hill, a sand dune four miles south of the village of Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. The [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Aviation
by Parramore, Thomas C., Ellis, Clyde, Moyer, Stephen. The history of aviation and the airline industry in North Carolina encompasses more than Orville and Wilbur Wright's momentous flight at Kitty Hawk in December 1903. Before that, North Carolina [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Aviation in North Carolina, 1873-2003
by Parramore, Thomas C. Few people know it, but North Carolina has played a big part in aviation. The first American airplane was built here in 1873. The first heavier-than-air, powered flight took place in North Carolina [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Battleships Bombed by Billy Mitchell
by Branch, Paul. Battleships Bombed by Billy Mitchell by Paul Branch, 2006 See also: Graveyard of the Atlantic In 1923 two surplus navy battleships were bombed and sunk by aircraft under the command of Brig. [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Copters and Gliders
by Lewis, Rebecca. Thomas Edison said that flying would never be practical “until someone invents a machine that can stop in midair and hover like a bird.” The machine that allows a pilot this degree of control is a [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Eagleson II, Wilson
by Bates, Doris McLean. Wilson Vash Eagleson II A Tuskegee Airman 1920 - 2006 by Doris McLean Bates Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian, Fall 2003. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Ferebee, Thomas (from Tar Heel Junior Historian)
by Belton, Tom. Thomas Wilson Ferebee was born into a large farm family outside Mocksville in Davie County on November 19, 1918. He attended local public schools and excelled in sports in high school and college. At [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Gatling, James Henry
by Stephenson, E. Frank. James Henry Gatling, inventor, farmer, businessman, and wine maker, was born in Maney's Neck Township, Hertford County, the son of Jordan Gatling, an inventor and farmer, and Mary Barnes Gatling. He [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Holloman, George Vernon
by Holloman, Charles R. George Vernon Holloman, inventor and Army Air Corps officer, who from 1931 to 1945 pioneered in aeronautical engineering research and development, was born in Rich Square, the son of George Lycurgus [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Lindbergh's Influence on Aviation
by Bishop, RoAnn. Before Charles Lindbergh made the first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in May 1927, most Americans—including many North Carolinians—thought it too dangerous to travel by airplane. Two [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society
by Williford, Jo Ann. The Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society was formed in 1959 with the motto, "Birds Fly-Men Drink." Each year the society holds a party beginning the afternoon of 16 December and ending at 10:45 a.m. [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Maynard, Belvin (from Tar Heel Junior Historian)
by Parramore, Thomas C. Belvin Maynard "The Greatest Pilot on Earth" by Dr. Thomas C. Parramore Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian. Fall 2003. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, NC [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
McConnell, James Rogers
by Lemmon, Sarah McCulloh. McConnell, James Rogers by Sarah Mcculloh Lemmon, 1991 14 Mar. 1887–19 Mar. 1917 James Rogers McConnell, World War I aviator and author of Flying for France, was born [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Morris Field
by Howard, Joshua. Morris Field was conceived in 1936 as a New Deal Works Project Administration program in Charlotte. In April 1941 the Army Air Corps identified a site on the outskirts of downtown, and over the next [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Piedmont Airlines
by Turner, Walter R. Piedmont Airlines "Flies the Blue Skies" by Walter R. Turner Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian. Fall 2003. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, NC Museum of [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Raleigh-Durham Army Air Field
by Rains, Rusty. The Raleigh-Durham Army Air Field, an auxiliary training base for Army Air Corps (AAC) pilots during World War II, was located at the modern site of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Air service [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rockwell, Kiffin Yates
by Tucker, Glenn. Kiffin Yates Rockwell, American aviator in World War I and pioneer in aerial combat, was a charter member of the Lafayette Escadrille, an American volunteer squadron formed on 20 Apr. 1916, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Slane, Willis Howard, Jr.
by Kirkman, Stacy N. Willis Howard Slane, Jr., aviator and businessman, was born in High Point, the eldest son of Willis Howard and Meredith Clark Slane. His primary education included studies at Raymond Riredon School [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Smith, Michael John
by Powell, William S. Michael John Smith, naval officer, test pilot, and astronaut, was born in Beaufort, the son of Robert Lewis and Lucille S. Smith. He was graduated from Carteret County High School, where he played [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Space Flight
by Sumner, Jim L. Barely a half century after the Wright brothers’ first flight, people were flying in outer space. Numerous North Carolinians have played important roles in this ongoing effort to explore the “final [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Stewart, George Alton
by Powell, William S. Stewart, George Alton by William S. Powell, 1994 29 May 1897–25 Dec. 1929 George Alton Stewart, pioneer aviator, was born in Buies [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Tar Heels in WWII (from Tar Heel Junior Historian)
by Harrington, Sion H., III. Tar Heels in World War II "Courage above and beyond the Call of Duty" by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sion H. Harrington III Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian. [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Thaden, Louise Marcellus McPhetridge
by Powell, William S. Louise Marcellus McPhetridge Thaden, businesswoman and aviatrix, was born in Bentonville, Ark., the daughter of Roy Fry and Edna Hobbs McPhetridge. She attended the University of Arkansas (1921–25), [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Transportation improvements in the 1920s
by Turner, Walter R. When World War I ended in 1918 and the troops came home, folks felt optimistic about the future and eager to get on with their lives. This optimism led to an extraordinary decade that brought major [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Transportation: Air and Rail (from NC Atlas Revisited)
by Brenneman, Kurt, Elmes, Sherry M., Hauser, Edwin W., Rash, J. Dennis, Swartz, Nicholas J. Transportation part vi: Air and rail travel  by Edwin W. Hauser, J. Dennis Rash, Sherry M. Elmes, and Nicholas J. Swartz, 2005. Reprinted with permission from The North Carolina Atlas [...] (from North Carolina Atlas Revisited.)
Two World Wars
by Belton, Tom. Today North Carolina is a major center for aviation-related military bases. These include the Coast Guard station at Elizabeth City; the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, which provides [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Webb, James Edwin
by Knapp, Richard F. James Edwin Webb, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies, corporate executive, management expert, and attorney, was born in Tally Ho, near Stem [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wheeler Airlines (from Tar Heel Junior Historian)
by Wadelington, Charles W. In North Carolina, aviation experienced important developments in the late 1920s. In 1928 the state’s first airmail flight landed at Lindley Field in Greensboro. By 1929 Raleigh introduced commercial [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Wright Brothers in North Carolina
by Kirk, Stephen. Wright Brothers in North Carolina by Stephen Kirk Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian. Fall 2003. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, NC Museum of History See also: [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Wright Brothers National Memorial
by Williams, Wiley J. On 2 Mar. 1927 Congress authorized the establishment of the Kill Devil Hills Monument National Memorial to commemorate Orville and Wilbur Wright's achievement of the first successful flights of a [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wright, Orville
by Troxler, George W. WRIGHT, ORVILLE by George W. Troxler, 1996 19 Aug. 1871–30 Jan. 1948 See also:  Wright, Wilbur (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography); Wright Brothers in North Carolina [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wright, Wilbur
by Troxler, George W. Wright, Wilbur by George W. Troxler, 1996 16 Apr. 1867–30 May 1912 See also:  Wright, Orville (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography); Wright Brothers in North Carolina (from Tar [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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