Lt. Clyde Cosper
after 52 years on the road by Mike Cox
To showcase Cowtown as the commercial capital of West Texas and
potential air travel hub, civic leaders -- including colorful Fort
Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon Carter -- organized the aeronautical
equivalent of a whistle-stop tour of West Texas in 1928.
Mott's Eccentric Airman by Michael Barr
W. D. Custead
(official) flight over Texas by Clay Coppedge
Makers by Mike Cox
R.C. and L.C. Maker, brothers who helped win the war without ever
firing a turret gun, dropping a bomb or evading anti-aircraft fire.
Misadventures of Wrong-Way Corrigan by Maggie Van Ostrand
Famed Douglas Corrigan tried for years to get permission to fly
from New York to Dublin. "No," said aviation officials, "it's not
safe..., we give you permission to fly from New York to California."
Corrigan finally took off in heavy fog.... 28 hours later, he arrived
in Dublin. Corrigan claimed it was a "navigational error." Whatever
it was, he got to his dream destination and didn't even mind it
when newspapers dubbed him "Wrong-Way Corrigan"...
Rodgers by Clay Coppedge
A key part of the Slats Rodgers story is that he was the first man
in Texas to receive a pilot’s license and the first one to have
his pilot’s license revoked. Not only is that what they call an
ironic twist to the story, it seems to sum up the man and his checkered
career pretty well. He also built the first airplane in Texas in
1911, nine years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight...
a B-17 by Bob Bowman
A day in the 1940s when the pilot of a B-17 plane ran out of gas
and decided to land on a dirt road at the McQueen farm at Keltys,
a sawmill town near Lufkin...
Fiz Flyer by Clay Coppedge
One of the first great aviation events in Texas was the arrival
of a flying contraption known as the Vin Fiz Flyer, which landed
in Fort Worth on Oct. 17, 1911 as part of what became the first
Atlantic-to Pacific airplane flight.
Land at Spearman
- Historical Marker
to Fly by C. F. Eckhardt
So far as is known, the first man-carrying, heavier-than-air craft—the
first airplane—flew not at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, nor
in East Texas the year before. Nor did it fly in California in the
1880s, though apparently a steam-powered monoplane was flown there
then. It flew in Gillespie County, Texas—in 1866. Enter Jacob Brodbeck—genius...
Flying Machine by Mike Cox
Readers of the March 2, 1895 edition of the weekly Eagle Pass Guide
surely paused over this short back-page headline: “New Flying Machine.”...
and the Valley by Mike Cox
The March 8, 1929 opening of Brownsville Airport, Charles “Lucky”
Lindbergh , the beginning of international air mail service in the
U.S., the “Lost Mail Flight,” Amelia Earhart, Ford tri-motor plane
by Mike Cox
Had it played out differently, what happened in Real County in 1924
could have changed aviation history...
the Mexican Border by Air
Government and Private Enterprise Working Together
Cruse Aviation in the late 40s and early 50s
by John Troesser, Photos courtesy Cruse Aviation
Pioneer by Bob Bowman
In 1921 she became the only black pilot in the world. A year later
she became the first black woman to fly over American soil.
International by Archie P. McDonald
"Long before American Airlines moved to Dallas or Continental
dominated Houston, Braniff flew the skies over Texas."
Ezekiel Airship by Bob Bowman
In late 1902, at least a year before the Wright brothers soared
into the sky, an airplane designed by Rev. Burrell Cannon was flown
160 feet at Pittsburg.
First Air Flight by Bob Bowman
Lt. Loye James Lauraine, Jr. by Murray Montgomery
"He was young, only 26 years old..... 1st Lt. Loye James Lauraine,
Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II. He was a hero
and was posthumously awarded this nation's second highest honor,
the Distinguished Service Cross. ....." (1 photo)
Tigers by Archie P. McDonald
Eaker: From Covered Wagon to Jet-Age Air Power, Four Stars by
"During dark days of World War II when the bitter war
was far from won, it was a Texas tenant farmer's son who took command
of the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England, playing a key role in making
the Normandy invasion possible. ..... "
Clyde "Sparky" Cosper by John Troesser
B-17 Pilot, 367th Bomber Group, Hometown: Dodd City, Texas
"A B-17 crashed near the town of Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire,
England on November 13, 1943. The only thing that prevented the
plane from landing directly on the town, was the Herculean effort
of the man at the controls....." (4 vintage photos)
Higginbotham, Thunderbolt and Mustang Pilot
"Bobby" Stephens, WWII P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot, Gilmer, Texas
Pilots, Three Air Forces, One Hometown:
Lt. Col. Alvin Mueller & Lieutenant Dick Campbell by John
Post - famous aviator
Army Air Field
Boring Holes in the Sky by Ken Rudine
B-17 and B-24 bombers
Mushed Landing in Leona