Cleveland's National Air Races

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Cleveland's National Air Races

Author: Thomas Matowitz
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 21.99

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Enthusiasm for aviation exploded after Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1927. The National Air Races, held in Cleveland between 1929 and 1949, collectively represent one of the most significant aviation events of the 20th century. Cleveland’s newly constructed municipal airport, the world’s largest airport facility at the time, along with its permanent 50,000-seat bleachers, won the city hosting rights to the event.

The National Air Races captivated the public during the grim years of the Great Depression and provided a showcase for many aviation innovations including retractable landing gear, low-wing monoplanes, aircooled engines, and careful streamlining. A deadly crash ended the National Air Races more than 50 years ago, but the races made an unforgettable impression. This book should reinforce the memories of those who saw the races firsthand and pique the interest of those who have always wished they had.

Background Information

Charles A. Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis on the first solo transatlantic flight from Long Island to Paris. Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1796 at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, is the state's metropolis on Lake Erie. The American economy felt into a slump after the Crash of 1929 and continued at low levesl throughout the next decade.