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Madison Airport and Travel Air | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Madison Airport and Travel Air

Madison Airport and Travel Air | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Travelair plane returning to the Madison Airport from a Wisconsin v. Purdue football game. Here photographer Aldro Wasley is handing photographs of the game to a "Capital Times" representative. Pilot Orland G. Corben and another passenger are in the background.
DESCRIPTION
Travelair plane returning to the Madison Airport from a Wisconsin v. Purdue football game. Here photographer Aldro Wasley is handing photographs of the game to a "Capital Times" representative. Pilot Orland G. Corben and another passenger are in the background.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:7429
Creation Date:circa October 23 1930
Creator Name:McVicar, Angus B., 1903-1964
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Photo Copy Service : Photo Copy Service photographs and negatives, 1925-1983
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, original
Original Format Number:PH 6058.1928B
Original Dimensions:10 x 8 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Midwest Air Transport Co was established in 1927 by five Madison investors who rented a field on North Street and built a hangar. They offered flight instruction, package delivery, and passenger service. When business improved the company bought the Travel Air pictured here, at the same time becoming the Travel Air distributor in Wisconsin. The dreams that prompted the Travel Air purhcase (almost $10,000 new) were unfounded, and the Midwest Air Transport Company went out of business in 1933- about the time this photograph was taken. After that, only limited flying took place at the Madison Airport. The Travel Air Company underwest several name changes during the late 1920s, eventually becoming part of the Curtiss-Wright Co. This unusual night photograph was made possible by the installation of a beacon that safely guided pilots to the airport runway and flood lights in the landing area. The national movement for beacon lights came at the behest of the U.S. Airmail Service, and it greatly expanded the amount of available flight time.
SUBJECTS
Industrial buildings
Coats
Hats
Men
Outdoor photography
Delivery of goods
Signs and signboards
Airplanes
Airports
Beacons
Air pilots

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