Cleveland's Legacy of Flight

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Cleveland's Legacy of Flight

Author: Thomas Matowitz
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 19.99

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Since the dream of flight was finally realized by two Ohioans, Wilbur and Orville Wright, it is little wonder that Greater Clevelanders were quick to embrace it. From the August day in 1910 when Glenn Curtiss flew from Euclid Beach Park to Cedar Point, aviation has had a strong following in Cleveland. World War I saw the dawn of aircraft production in the city, and the 1920s brought the world-renowned Cleveland National Air Races. Cleveland industry supported aviation in many different ways, and multiple airports, many now long gone, promoted business aviation and flight training for decades.

During World War II, Cleveland was a center of war production, and much of this was aviation related. Subsequently, renovations of the Cleveland Municipal Airport created Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. A scene of thriving airline operations to this day, Cleveland’s business community was quick to appreciate the advantages of corporate aviation, which remains a daily feature of Cleveland’s aviation life.

Background Information

Wilbur and Orville Wright succeeded in the first manned heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk NC in December 1903. Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1796 at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, is the state's metropolis on Lake Erie. World War II was fought between the Allies and the Axis powers between 1939 and 1945.