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Balloons and Dirigibles
The first aircraft in Texas were lighter than air types. Early balloons would have been seen in various parts of the state giving exhibitions or for sport events where the pilots would compete in speed or distance contests. During the first World War, military balloon crews of the Signal Corp were trained at camps in Texas and the year round favorable weather was a key reason.
A website with the best information regarding military balloon training in Texas can be found at
TEXAS AVIATION EVENTS CALENDAR
SEPTEMBER AVIATION EVENTS
See a World War 1 Jenny Fly. One of perhaps five in the world in flyable condition.
First Saturday of every month. Kickapoo Airport, Wichita Falls, Texas. Part of the Call Field Aviation Museum.
EAA Fly In first Saturday of every month.
9 a.m. coffee and donuts. Collin County Airport. Non members invited to share passion for aviation.
Wright Military Flyer
Courtesy National Air and Space Museum
The Wright Military Flyer was one of the first type of aircraft in Texas, it was also the first type purchased by the US military. Lt. Benjamin Foulois of the Signal Corp taught himself to fly and proved the value of aircraft in military aviation with lessons learned in a Wright Flyer near San Antonio around 1910.
TEXAS AVIATION DURING WORLD WAR 1
Because of the number of days with good flying weather, Texas was home to flight schools in different areas of the state, not only for U.S. aviation students, included were flight cadets from allied countries such as Canada and Great Britain, The above picture is of a Curtis JN4, which was used to train most of the American pilot candidates during WW I, it was also the aircraft produced in the greatest numbers in the U.S. during the first World War. Later the JN4, nick named "Jenny" by those who flew it, would be used during the barnstorming era, to introduce many Americans to their first sight of and airplane and for a few their first ride in an airplane.h
TEXAS AVIATION BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS
After World War 1, the barnstormers, oil industry, air mail, and early aviation entrepreneurs, influenced the so called "Golden Age" of aviation.
Manufacturing companies were formed to produce innovative aircraft and the pioneers of modern airlines or passenger services began ,such as Southern Air Transport, eventually Texas had great iconic companies like American and Braniff.
TEXAS WORLD WAR II AVIATION
Like World War I, the weather in Texas was an asset to the nation and its allies for all year long aviation training. Airfields through out the state produced pilots, bombardiers, and navigators by the thousands.
Aircraft manufacturing plants produced training aircraft, bombers, and fighters. Some of these aircraft played a big part in winning the war such as the B-24 Liberator produced at White Settlement near Fort Worth and the P-51 Mustang produced in Dallas.
TEXAS AVIATION AND THE COLD WAR ERA
After World War II, the aviation industry in Texas was still strong compared to many other states in the nation. While war time production stopped, the airline business flourished, and general aviation began its golden age.
North Texas was home of some large manufacturers of military aircraft and fears of nuclear war with the Soviet Union ushered in the era of jet powered fighters and bombers.
TEXAS AVIATION TODAY
Aviation in Texas is a strong industry which continues to contribute in a huge way to the state economy. Tens of thousands of jobs are at stake if the strength of this industry in Texas is lost. Billions of dollars are at stake. Who are the key players in Texas Aviation today?
THE FUTURE OF TEXAS AVIATION
What's in the future for Texas Aviation. The cold war is over, the number of aircraft produced world wide is in decline. General aviation is in decline, fewer people every year aspire to be private pilots. Some large manufacturers of military and commercial aircraft remain in North Texas however and innovative aircraft are still being produced by small companies throughout the state. DFW airport is still an important hub for the nations airlines. And commercial use of unmanned aircraft which is predicted to be a multibillion dollar industry is just ahead, around 2015 according to the FAA.