Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910 : America's First Civilian Flying School and the City that Capitalized on it

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NewSouth Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 168 pages

From author Julie Hedgepeth Williams, winner of the 2021 Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History

In 1910, Orville and Wilbur Wright opened the first US civilian flight school in Montgomery, Alabama. The Wright Brothers hoped to find a climate warmer and more hospitable to flying than their company base of snowy Dayton, Ohio, even as forward-thinking Montgomerians heralded the school as a way to rise above the shadow of the Civil War. Author Julie Hedgepeth Williams chronicles the short life of this flight school as seen mainly through the eyes of the Alabama press, whose reporting and sometimes misreporting "reflected the misconceptions, hopes, dreams, and fears about aviation in 1910, painting a picture of a time when flight was untested, unsteady, and unavailable to most people."

About the author (2010)

JULIE HEDGEPETH WILLIAMS is an adjunct communication and media professor at Samford University. She is also the recipient of the 2021 Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History. Williams is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama.

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