Category Archives: Aviation

When the Brickyard was an Airfield: Flying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1910

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the site of one of the country’s first aviation meets, June 12 – 18, 1910. Instead of cars racing around the track, aviators risked their necks flying machines they were still learning how to master, … Continue reading

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Flying Boats, Part I: “The Spruce Goose”

By Kyle Thede, former SC&A intern and recent graduate of the WSU Public History program Seventy years ago this fall, on November 2, 1947, the residents of Long Beach, California who cared to glance out over the harbor were witness … Continue reading

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The Dayton Air Show: A Brief History

Every summer thousands of aviation fans flock to the Dayton International Airport for the annual Dayton Air Show. In the early 1970s, local aviation enthusiasts sponsored a “General Aviation Day” at the Montgomery County Airport, now the Dayton-Wright Airport, to celebrate … Continue reading

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