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Photo and bio of Albin Kasper Longren, or Albin Longren (1882-1950), "a barnstormer, exhibition flyer, and a builder, designer, engineer, and manufacturer of airplanes," native to Leonardville, Kansas...
Photos and biographical description of Ben Gregory (1889-1974), a Kansas City pilot and race car enthusiast born in Macon, Missouri, starting as a barnstormer in the 1920s with his "Fly with Ben" airplane...
Photo and bio of William Ong, or Bill Ong, "businessman and aviation pioneer" learning to fly "in 1927 at the Bennett Eaglerock Sales Co. Flying School at Richards Field, located in what is now downtown...
Colonel Arthur Goebel
Photo and description of Colonel Arthur Goebel, winning pilot of a 1927 competition "to fly the 2,439 miles from San Francisco to Hawaii," establishing about 1929 "a flying school at 101 West 12th in Kansas...
Eddie Fisher, Pilot
Photos and biographical description of Edward George Fisher, Jr., or Eddie Fisher (1910-1983), a native Kansas Citian airplane pilot and designer starting in 1929, engaged in barnstorming, air mail, and...
Edward Porterfield, Jr.
Photo and bio of Edward Everett Porterfield, Jr., or Ed Porterfield (1890-1948), a native Kansas Citian and founder of "the Porterfield Flying School at Richards Field" in 1925 and of the American Eagle...
First Airplanes in Kansas City
Description of the "first successful aeroplane designed and built in Kansas City and its initial flight" on August 26, 1910, flown by "J. C. McCallum, inventor and builder of the machine." On same page...
Frank Spatz, Airplane Mechanic
Photo and bio of Frank Spatz, an early airplane mechanic starting in the 1920s coming to Kansas City in 1937 with TWA, building and modifying hangars and training pilots at the Downtown Airport and around...
Photos and bio of Harold Neumann (1906-1995), "[c]hampion air racer and TWA pilot" and native of Illinois starting as a pilot in the 1920s and coming to Kansas City in 1936 as an early TWA pilot.
History of Trans World Airlines (TWA)
Photos and description of "the history of TWA [Trans World Airlines], beginning in 1929 when Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) decided to make their international headquarters at Municipal Airport in...
Howard Hughes, TWA Owner, and Jack Frye, TWA President
Photos and biographical descriptions of Howard Robard Hughes, or Howard Hughes (1905-1976), and William John Frye, or Jack Frye, record-setting pilots and executives of TWA in Kansas City starting in 1939....
Photo and biographical description of James Howard Kindelberger, or Dutch Kindelberger, "one of the pioneers in American aviation" from "the 1930s until his death in 1962" through his company, North American...
John Brock's Flying Record
Photos and description of John Brock, an optometrist and "President of the Specialty Optical Company, 1009 McGee Street," honored in 1930 at the Hotel Muehlebach for his record-setting 365 days of consecutive...
Kansas City International Airport
Photo and history of Kansas City International Airport, established in 1972 as "the third largest in area in the United States (only JFK in New York and San Francisco International are larger)," served...
Kansas City Military Airports
One page of the history of military airports in Kansas City and vicinity, starting with Richards Field in 1922 and continuing with the Sherman Army Airfield at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1923; Fairfax...
Photo and history of Kellerstrass Airfield, established in 1917 as one of the first public airports in Kansas.
Photo and biographical description of Lou Holland, a prominent Kansas City aviation promoter "from the 1920s until his death in 1960," becoming president of the Chamber of Commerce and "instrumental in...
Photos and history of Kansas City's second principal airport established in 1927 known under various names until settling on "Municipal Airport" and "renamed Kansas City Downtown Airport" in 1972 with...
Photo and biographical description of Octave Chanute (1832-1910), "a civil engineer involved in bridge building, glider design, and flying machines," native to France and emigrating to Kansas City in 1867,...
Richards Field, First Kansas City Commercial Airport
Photos and history of the first Richards Field, established in 1922 as Kansas City's first commercial airport by Major Howard Wehrle, Fred Harvey, Simpson Yeomans, Roger Crittenden, and Robert Lester,...
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