America by Air gallery (East View)

     

America by Air gallery (East View)

Flying was new and daring in the early years of the 20th century. Traveling by airplane was rare. Airlines, airliners, airports, air routes—none of these existed. But by century’s end, you could travel to almost anywhere in America by air in a matter of hours. How did this revolutionary change happen?In this gallery, explore the history of air transportation in America: How has the federal government shaped the airline industry? How have improvements in technology revolutionized air travel? How has the flying experience changed?

Image Number: SI 2008-337
Credit: Image by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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