Aviation (40)

Aviation
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, Jr. 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 [...] (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, NC [...] (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, Jr. 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.)
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base
by Linville, Ray. Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base By Ray Linville, 2019 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
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 by Joshua Howard, 2006; Additional research provided by Christopher Luettger, 2006; Revised December 2021 Morris Field was conceived in 1936 as a New Deal Works Project [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Nicholson, Mary
by Wegner, Ansley Herring. Mary Webb Nicholson was among the earliest women to be licensed as a pilot. Her license, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, is numbered 9562 and was granted Oct. 17, 1929. (She was not, however, [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
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.)
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