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.
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.