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Golden Age of Flight

By the early 1920s, the gunfire of World War I has faded into the tinny rhythms of the Jazz Age. America has survived “the war to end all wars.” The economy is booming. Innovation is a fire that seems to be springing up on every street corner. Americans listen to radios, visit movie houses, ride in cars and chat on telephones. Who ever dreamed such things were possible?

And high above it all, the aviators… fearless daredevils or foolish dreamers… swoop and soar and circle their flying machines. Technical and aeronautical advances are changing the shape and function of aircraft. Science flies right seat to daring; hand-in-hand, the two elements conspire to push the envelope on aviation knowledge and skill.

Men and women with a thirst for adventure can find no higher calling than aviation. The Wiley Posts and Jackie Cochrans and Robert Goddards refuse to be shackled by limits. They stubbornly push the envelope, writing the test pilot’s credo – “higher, faster, farther” – across a newly conquered skyscape.