Piedmont Airlines

Author: Richard E. Eller
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786491817
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Founded by Thomas H. Davis in 1948, Piedmont Airlines was one of the most respected regional airlines of its time. This exhaustive history follows the airline from its humble beginnings at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to its 1989 absorption into USAir after a buyout at the highest price ever commanded by a regional airline. Drawing upon corporate documents, local news stories, and countless personal interviews with former Piedmont employees, the author tells the airline's history in detail. Nearly 100 photographs show the airline's development, and two appendices provide comprehensive lists of its fleet and service destinations. Fully indexed.


Author: Roger Thompson
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595336914
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A collection of aviation stories spanning the 37-year career of pilot Roger Thompson.

From Props to Jets

Author: Jon Proctor
Publisher: Specialty Press
ISBN: 1580071716
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Although the years from 1952 to 1962 saw the rise and dominance of luxurious piston-powered airliners like the Douglas DC-7, Lockheed Constellation, and Boeing Stratocruiser, revolutionary new jet airliners soon rendered them obsolete. Aircraft like the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, and Convair 880 quickly shrank travel times around the world in half as the traveling public enthusiastically embraced the new and very futuristic jet age. This book celebrates that exciting time period with an in-depth look at all the aircraft that made commercial jet flight possible, comparing these radical new jetliners with the classic propeller-driven aircraft that preceded them. By using stunning original photography, ads, and graphics, this book beautifully captures the unique "feel" of that magical era by featuring the very best in rare aviation nostalgia. Additionally, the book offers accurate technical detail and rich historical perspective as well.


Author: Owen Swift
ISBN: 9781545457474
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Owen Swift had reached the pinnacle of his profession. As A Boeing 757 Captain flying for a major US airline he was well paid and appreciated for his skill and experience. Then, depending on whose story you want to believe, as a result of airline deregulation, management ineptitude, union intransigence or some combination of the three, the airline had gone into bankruptcy and disappeared. For Owen it was more a precipitous financial tumble than a step down: back to flying night freight to pay the rent, while searching for a way to resume his airline career. Then, in a repeat of the serendipitous events that landed Owen in an Eastern Airline cockpit thirty years earlier, he spotted an ad in the Sunday Salt Lake Tribune: "Airline Captains wanted." Times had changed however. In 1964, there were more pilot jobs than pilots. In 1994, that was no longer the case. Owen would have to get lucky. Again. If you would like to know more about airplanes and aviation, about the inner workings of an airline, about pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and the executives they report to, about what is going on in the cockpit of the airplane you are riding in, then read this book. If you are already afraid to fly, caution is advised.

I m Supposed to Protect You from All this

Author: Nadja Spiegelman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594631921
Format: PDF, ePub
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A Vogue Best Book of the Year "What Ferrante did for female friends--exploring the tumult and complexity their relationships could hold--Spiegelman sets out to do for mothers and daughters. She's essentially written My Brilliant Mom." --Slate A memoir of mothers and daughters--and mothers as daughters--traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again. For a long time, Nadja Spiegelman believed her mother was a fairy. More than her famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and even more than most mothers, hers--French-born New Yorker art director Fran�oise Mouly--exerted a force over reality that was both dazzling and daunting. As Nadja's body changed and "began to whisper to the adults around me in a language I did not understand," their relationship grew tense. Unwittingly, they were replaying a drama from her mother's past, a drama Nadja sensed but had never been told. Then, after college, her mother suddenly opened up to her. Fran�oise recounted her turbulent adolescence caught between a volatile mother and a playboy father, one of the first plastic surgeons in France. The weight of the difficult stories she told her daughter shifted the balance between them. It had taken an ocean to allow Fran�oise the distance to become her own person. At about the same age, Nadja made the journey in reverse, moving to Paris determined to get to know the woman her mother had fled. Her grandmother's memories contradicted her mother's at nearly every turn, but beneath them lay a difficult history of her own. Nadja emerged with a deeper understanding of how each generation reshapes the past in order to forge ahead, their narratives both weapon and defense, eternally in conflict. Every reader will recognize herself and her family in I'm Supposed to Protect You From All This, a gorgeous and heartbreaking memoir that helps us to see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most.


Author: Robert W. Rummel
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Discusses Hughes' influence on the development of TWA, describes his management style, and explains why and how he was forced out of TWA

The Hidden Brain

Author: Shankar Vedantam
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9781588369390
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

Pan Am History Design Identity

Author: M. C. Huhne
Publisher: Callisto Publishers Gmbh
ISBN: 9783981655056
Format: PDF
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Pan Am: History, Design & Identity is a captivating story of an airline company that refused to consider anything impossible and single-handedly revolutionized air travel despite innumerable technical, political and organizational obstacles. From modest beginnings in the late 1920 s, Pan am developed into the world s best known airline company and served as an ambassador of American values and leadership. No other company has had a comparable influence on the airline industry, continually finding solutions for problems considered insolvable by others. Pan Am s rapid rise was accompanied by highly effective publicity campaigns which featured some of the best design and advertising in the industry. This book takes the reader on a journey into the elite world of early air travel and into the jet age when a plane ticket became affordable for the general public and mass tourism took off. The blue globe symbol, developed in the mid 1950 s, gained fame around the world. An icon and legend, it has remained in our collective visual memory down to the present day. The author explores the astonishing complexity of the company and its founder, Juan Trippe. A less known fact is that Pan Am for more than a decade built and operated the largest airline in China. Moreover, it founded Intercontinental Hotels, which today has become the world s largest hotel group. As a preeminent pioneer of global hotel operations, the company boasted an intricate and highly remarkable architectural and graphic design concept. Numerous images in this book have never been published. Great care was taken not only in developing a spell-binding visual storyline to complement the text, but also in reproducing and digitally restoring all images as accurately as possible. The book is a tribute to one of the most important companies of the 20th century and to its visionary founder. In the Premium Edition, additional care was devoted to reproduce all images true to the originals: in many instances specials Pantone colors, including gold and silver, were used to go beyond the already extremely high quality criteria of the books Standard Edition."

The Aerial Crossroads of America

Author: Daniel Rust
Publisher: Missouri History Museum Press
ISBN: 9781883982898
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The history of Lambert St. Louis International Airport is the story of aviation over the past century. The activities on the airport s footprint constitute a microcosm of the triumphs and tragedies of winged flight in America. This book chronicles the transformation of a patch of farmland leased by Albert Bond Lambert in 1920 into the international airport it is today. The book combines a wide variety of historical images with lively text presenting the history of the airport within the larger context of aviation history as well as national and world history. Topics include Albert Bond Lambert s pioneering efforts to promote aviation and air travel; the 1923 Air Races; Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis; the U.S. Air Mail service, American Airlines, Transcontinental Air Transport/TWA, Ozark Airlines, and the development of airline service in the United States; military aviation, the Missouri Air National Guard, Naval Air Reserve and Naval Air Station St. Louis in peace and war; the aircraft industry and the many civil and military aircraft and spacecraft manufactured in St. Louis by Curtiss Robertson, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Monocoupe, McDonnell Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing; general aviation activity by Robertson Aircraft, Von Hoffmann, Remmert-Werner, Rockwell, Sabreliner, and Midcoast Aviation Service; the birth and development of air traffic control, the key role played by various federal agencies in promoting and regulating aviation; the revolution in air travel resulting from the coming of jet airliners; the political struggle over the possible relocation of the region s primary commercial airport; the coming of airline deregulation and the airlines response; as well as the growth and development of Lambert as an airline hub, and its downfall following the demise of TWA and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Other American airports such as those serving New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago lack both the longevity of Lambert and its range of historically significant aviation activity. Without Albert Bond Lambert and his airport, as well as the support of other air-minded St. Louisans, Charles Lindbergh would not have come to St. Louis, designed and built The Spirit of St. Louis, and flown it from New York to Paris. That alone is of enormous historical significance. The predecessors of American Airlines and TWA began their operations at Lambert. Lambert was one of the first U.S. airports to have jet airline service. Tens of thousands of civil and military aircraft, including the World War II era C-46 transport, the first U.S. Navy jet fighter, and the first U.S. manned spacecraft, were all built at Lambert. The F-15 and the F/A-18 have been in production at Lambert for over 40 years and 35 years, respectively. For over 80 years Lambert was the scene of intensive military aviation activity, including the training of thousands of U.S. and British naval pilots in World War II. Today, Lambert is one of the few major U. S. airports with a female director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge who, incidentally, started her aviation career selling tickets for Ozark Airlines, St. Louis s Home Town Airline. Lambert Airport is unique among American airports in all of these respects and more."