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  • Golden Age Of Aviation Intro

    1. 1. Golden Age of Aviation Osher Lifelong Learning Institute University of Alabama, Huntsville Guide: Jamie Dodson
    2. 2. What to Expect <ul><li>Meet some fellow “Wing Nuts” </li></ul><ul><li>Learn something new from each other </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Quiz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Questions on previous material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>True / False, fill in the blank, and short answer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final </li></ul><ul><li>Prizes for 1 st , 2d, and 3 rd place </li></ul><ul><li>Guest Speaker? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Golden Age Overview <ul><li>Weekly Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Lindbergh </li></ul><ul><li>Juan Tripp </li></ul><ul><li>Amelia Earhart </li></ul><ul><li>Wiley Post </li></ul><ul><li>Colonel Roscoe Turner </li></ul><ul><li>Jimmy Doolittle </li></ul><ul><li>Howard Hughes </li></ul><ul><li>Air Races & War </li></ul><ul><li>Class Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Intros, Survey, Diagnostic </li></ul><ul><li>Guest Speaker & Quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz & Standings </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz & Standings </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Term & Standings </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz & Standings </li></ul><ul><li>Final & Standings </li></ul><ul><li>Results, Prizes and Class Critique </li></ul>January 15 th – March 5 th
    4. 4. Week One: Charles Lindbergh <ul><li>His flight ignited the public’s imagination </li></ul><ul><li>One of Top events of 20 th Century. </li></ul><ul><li>A North Atlantic crossing by air was incredible. </li></ul><ul><li>Alone in a tiny single-engine airplane was sensational </li></ul><ul><li>And…he’d never laid eyes on the ocean before – Unimaginable! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Week Two: Juan Tripp <ul><li>Not a model chief executive. </li></ul><ul><li>Didn't delegate well </li></ul><ul><li>He made huge deals without consulting his top managers and often the Board of Directors. </li></ul><ul><li>He almost single-handedly built a world airline, Pan American Airways </li></ul><ul><li>Often acted as if he owned the world. </li></ul><ul><li>His vision changed the world </li></ul><ul><li>While Pan Am did not survive </li></ul><ul><li>deregulation, Tripp’s vision does </li></ul>
    6. 6. Week Three: Amelia Earhart <ul><li>Next to Lindbergh - the most famous Golden Age name </li></ul><ul><li>Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly the Atlantic - as a passenger - on a 1928 </li></ul><ul><li>George Putnam published We , the Charles Lindbergh's autobiography, only a month after his record flight. A Best seller he was on to something. </li></ul><ul><li>Putnam found and recruited Earhart for one of aviation's first staged media events. </li></ul><ul><li>Pullman & Earhart Married for … </li></ul><ul><li>Much Speculation remains about her 1938 disappearance over the Pacific </li></ul>
    7. 7. Week Three: Wiley Post <ul><li>Perhaps aviation's most impressive flyer </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1930's was the one-eyed Wiley Post's second around-the-world flight. </li></ul><ul><li>Post, with navigator Harold Gatty, set the around-the-world record in 1931 at 8 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1933, flying solo, Post beat his earlier record by 21 hours. Used the new Lockheed Vega, Winnie Mae </li></ul><ul><li>Post fought Atlantic fog, Russian thunderstorms, equipment problems and his own fatigue to set the incredible record </li></ul><ul><li>Post and American humorist Will Rogers were killed when Post's plane crashed on takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow, Alaska on August 15, 1935 </li></ul>
    8. 8. Week For: COL Roscoe Turner <ul><li>Colonel Turner was the most colorful aviator of the period. </li></ul><ul><li>Powder-blue uniform of his own design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweed coat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sam Browne belt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beige riding breeches and shiny boots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topped off with a white silk scarf and military cap. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flew as a movie stunt pilot in the late 20s </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed that Gilmore Oil Company promote with a special Lockheed racing plane </li></ul><ul><li>Company's trademark was a lion's head, so Turner acquired a five month old lion cub, named it Gilmore and flew with it as a mascot </li></ul><ul><li>Together they set several transcontinental speed records </li></ul>
    9. 9. Week Five: GEN Jimmy Doolittle <ul><li>US Army Air Corps Pilot in the ’20s </li></ul><ul><li>In 1929 made the first completely blind take-off and landing proving the practicality of instrument flight. </li></ul><ul><li>Was unique in aviation with a doctorate degree in aeronautics from MIT </li></ul><ul><li>His piloting feats eclipsed his scientific work. </li></ul><ul><li>Ten years earlier he won the Thompson Air Trophy flying the highly-advanced Gee Bee Racer, one of the few pilots in the thirties to have raced these planes and survived. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1942, he organized and led the raid on Tokyo made famous by the book and movie, </li></ul><ul><li>Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo . </li></ul>
    10. 10. Week Six: Howard Hughes <ul><li>Inherited a fortune based on the rotary drill bit but died a lonely hermit in 1976, a prisoner of mental illness, drugs and his Mormon aides. </li></ul><ul><li>In the thirties he and his aircraft broke every major speed and distance record. </li></ul><ul><li>The custom-built Hughes H-1 Racer set the landplane speed record in 1935 at 352 miles per hour easily outperforming even the fastest military planes of the time. </li></ul><ul><li>In July, 1938 he and a crew of four flying a Lockheed Lodestar broke the around-the-globe record set by Wiley Post in 1933. </li></ul><ul><li>Two years later, Hughes was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the flight. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Week Seven: Air Races & WW II <ul><li>Concerned that American aircraft were making a poor showing in European air races newspaperman Ralph Pulitzer offered a trophy to promote high-speed flight. </li></ul><ul><li>The first Pulitzer race was held at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York, on November 27,1920 </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the WAR development began during the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s. </li></ul><ul><li>Many war developments went from production line to scrap heap – so fast was the speed of innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>It was only the beginning of great achievements yet to come </li></ul>
    12. 12. Week Eight: <ul><li>Aviation played a crucial role in determining the outcome of the war. </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the development begun during the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s. </li></ul><ul><li>Aviation developments were in response to lessons learned during the war. </li></ul><ul><li>Many war developments went from production line to scrap heap – so fast was the speed of innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>It was only the beginning of great achievements yet to come. </li></ul>

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