Commercial Aviation in the U.S., Part 2


An Air France Concorde supersonic passenger aircraft, September 27, 1977. U.S. Navy/Public domain

In this episode, we’ll go from the international agreement that prepared for a global airline industry up to the deregulation of U.S. commercial aviation in the late 1970s. And then we have a special guest -- John Hodgman came by the studio for a visit!

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