Commercial Aviation in the U.S., Part 1

Posed interior view of passenger cabin of a Pan American Airways (PAA) Sikorsky S-43A Amphibion (Baby Clipper), circa 1936. Posed interior view of passenger cabin of a Pan American Airways (PAA) Sikorsky S-43A Amphibion (Baby Clipper), circa 1936.

Since the possibility of air travel became a reality, many entrepreneurs were trying to figure out a way to make flight into a business. This first of two parts covers those early efforts, and the growth of the airline industry up to WWII.

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Topics in this Podcast: commercial aviation history, Wright Brothers, air travel disasters, mail, aviation history, flight, U.S. history, 20th century