US History of Tourism: First Coast to Coast Flight 1929 Part I

US History of Tourism - The Lindbergh Line - First Coast to Coast Flight - Transcontinental Air Transport - TAT -  Ford Tri-Motor

US History of Tourism: Transcontinental Air Transport - TAT

US History of Tourism, first coast to coast flight: Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was an airline founded in 1928 by Clement Melville Keys that merged in 1930 with Western Air Express to form what became TWA.  

The Transcontinental Air Transport airline was like "The Lindbergh Line" and the idea began in the months after the 1927 transatlantic flight of Charles Lindbergh. The main sponsors of this commercial airline were:

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  • Charles Lindbergh,
  • Harold Bixby,
  • Henry Breckinridge,
  • Harry Knight
  • Commander William Robertson

They set out to unite the coasts of the Atlantic and the Pacific, between the cities of New York and Los Angeles

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US History of Tourism, first coast to coast flight: Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was an airline founded in 1928 by Clement Melville Keys that merged in 1930 with Western Air Express to form what became TWA. 

TAT investors were: The Curtiss companies, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, the Atchison Railroad, Topeka and Santa Fe plus five investment banks. In the spring of 1928, the group formed Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc., with Clement Melville Keys (Curtiss) as chairman and a board of directors composed of representatives of major investors.

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History of Tourism: Ford Tri-Motor  5 AT  - Pic: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (1)

Charles Lindbergh Chairman of TAT Technical Committee

Charles Lindbergh became Chairman of the TAT Technical Committee. The Lindbergh Technical team designed the air route to follow. They chose 10 cities spaced between the coasts: Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind .; St. Louis, Mo .; Kansas City, Kan .; Wichita, Kan .; Waynoka, Okla .; Clovis, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Winslow, Ariz .; and Glendale, California.

Transcontinental Air Transport bought or rented sites for airports. Pilots and mechanics were also hired, coordinated airline and rail schedules. They also directed the construction of runways, airport terminals and weather stations.

TAT tested the schedules of the stops between June 20 and July 6, 1929. Several pracytical trips and training with teams and personnel were made. Before the first client traveled, almost 50,000 test miles were recorded. Also transported 261 passengers through the different sections of the TAT route to make sure everything was ready.

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The plane chosen by Lindbergh was the Ford TriMotor. According to Lindbergh, the Ford had more power and better maintenance than any other airplane. The Ford Tri-Motor was popularly dubbed the "Tin Goose". Its corrugated metal fuselage looked like a tin washboard, and his body seemed to crawl on the ground like the belly of a goose.

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Having three engines made flying on that plane safer than on other planes of that time. If one or maybe two engines stop running in flight, the TriMotor could land safely with only one of the two engines. The plane's cabin could accommodate a maximum of 10 passengers. The plane had been built to transport more people but Transcontinental Air Transport dismantled six seats to leave the place for a kitchen.

A very narrow corridor ran through the center of the passenger cabin. Next to each seat was a window covered with velvet curtains. Each passenger had their own reading lamp and also an electric lighter with an ashtray. The seats were adjustable to three positions and resembled more common splinters than the current seats of an airplane. The Ford TriMotor had a top speed of 110 miles per hour.

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 On July 7, 1929, transcontinental travel began. He initially offered a 48-hour coast-to-coast travel (night trains and day planes on several flights). The first Passengers had to board, first, a night train to take them to the airport in Columbus, Ohio (today is John Glenn International Airport), 850 miles away.

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Ford Tri-Motor "City of New York" at hall NYC Pennsylvania station, - US History of Tourism - TAT - Lindbergh Line - First Coast to Coast Flight 1929

At the NYC Pennsylvania station, a Ford Tri-Motor called City of New York was in the hall. He was taken for the occasion and was Christening by Amelia Earhart. After the speeches, passengers boarded The Airway Limited on Platform 15, and the train departed to Columbus  at 6:05 pm

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First Day:  New York to Waynoka

Because The city's Union Station was located in the city center, TAT built its own train station and terminal at the Columbus airport. Thus, the transfer from train to plane was faster and more comfortable for passengers.  It was a cloudy day with light rain that fell in Columbus on July 8, 1929. Passengers who arrived at the new Columbus Penn train station walked down a gangway to the Ford Tri-Motors aircraft.

The plan was for two Tri-Motors to take off at the same time and move together across the continent. The Ford Tri-Motor chosen were the so-called City of Columbus and the City of Wichita. 

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The list of passengers who boarded that day the Ford Tri-Motor aircraft were (2)

The passengers on the City of Columbus Plane:

  • Colonel Edgar S. Correll (President, Stutz Motor Company, IN)
  • Paul Henderson. Jr. (Colonel Henderson's son)
  • Stay Brainerd (Associated Newspapers. NYC)
  • S.W. Higgins (Dennison Manufacturing Company, MA)
  • U. Grant Border (U.S. Border & Sons. NYC)
  • J.W. Brennan, (Central Traffic Manager. TAT)
  • Daniel M. Shafer (Chief of Passenger Transportation. Pennsylvania Railroad)
  • Albert A Garthwaite. (Vice President. Lee Tire Company. PA)

The passengers on the City of Wichita Plane  :

  • Charles Tice (Fox Movietone News and Equipment)
  • Carl Larsen (Fox Movietone News and Equipment)
  • William Chaplin (Associated Press. NYC)
  • Miss M.A. Salomon (Chamber of Commerce. Brooklyn. NY)
  • Mn. John T. Litch (Boston. MA)
  • E.E. Greiner (Springfield. OH) William James Bryant (Nation's Business. D.C.)
  • Mn. George P. Putnam (NYC) Mn. F.C. Kenney (Indianapolis. IN)

Carl Larsen and Charles, members of Fox Movietone, filmed the historic TAT inaugural trip across the United States. The film still exists and it's very interesting to view (here) this documented trip across the continent. 

After the two Ford Tri-Motor departed, Mr. T.B. Clement, the General Traffic Manager of Transcontinental Air Transport , hosted a breakfast in the TAT hangar. Important guests that attended the start of the inaugural flights and the celebration breakfast included

  • Henry Ford. ( Chairman of Ford Motor Company)
  • Eckel Ford (Henry Ford's  son);
  • William B. Mayo (Chief Engineer of Ford Motor Company);
  • Harvey Firestone (Firestone Tire Company).

Columbus Airport

Early in the morning , at the Columbus Airport (3), the passengers board a Ford Trimotor plane and fly to Waynoka - Oklahoma. The plane had to stop 4 times to refuel before arriving in Oklahoma. There they boarded another night train on the Santa Fe Railroad for a trip to Clovis, New Mexico. On the train they spent the night and arrived at the next airport.

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Columbus Airport - Transcontinental Air Transport - First Coast to Coast Flight - US History of Tourism - Lindbergh Line

Around noon, the TAT flight stops in St. Louis, where pilots who had flown from Columbus were replaced by a new flight crew. TAT limited the flight time of its pilots to no more than five hours in the air in a single day. A TAT pilot earned more than $ 12,000 a year, more than double the salaries that most pilots earned at that time.

St. Louis to Kansas City: Lunch on Board

In the stage of St. Louis to Kansas City the passengers were served lunch. Ford trimotor stabilized, the service on board served some aluminum trays with napkin and tablecloth. The food was chicken, cheese and egg salad sandwiches, a pickle and salt. A piece of cake, an apple and a banana were also served. To accompany the meals the option was milk or coffee.

In Kansas City there was another technical stop, where any nervous passenger had the option of making a train connection. From Kansas City, the air route followed the Santa Fe rail route to the next stop in Wichita. Leaving Wichita, the trip to Waynoka was only 117 flight miles.

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Landing in Waynoka

At Landing in Waynoka, TAT passengers are driven by car to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train station. There at dinner will be the Harvey House restaurant. The food was five stars;

  • Blue knitted oysters
  • Duck Salmi,
  • Prairie Chicken with Redcurrant Jam
  • Pickled lamb tongue.

At 8 pm, TAT service personnel accompanied passengers to a special railroad car (The Missionary) bound for Clovis. The train left Waynoka at 11 p.m. through western Oklahoma and northern Texas. He stopped in the cities of Woodward, Shattuck, Canadian, Miami and Amarillo. In Clovis, passengers had breakfast  in other  Harvey House, when they arrived at the City

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Second Day: Clovis to Los Angeles

First Coast to Coast Flight: From the Clovis train station, a car drove passengers to the Clovis terminal "Portair" five miles west of the city. The departure of the plane was scheduled for 8:10 AM. The plane took off and reached the height of 8,000 feet. Passengers expect a trip with three stopovers to refuel before reaching their final destination. The name of  Ford Tri-Motor is “City of Wichita,”

Albuquerque was the first stop on the second day of flight. After the stopover, a light lunch was served and the service was withdrawn before arriving at the Continental Division. The most dangerous part of the trip, the flight from Albuquerque to Kingman through Winslow, was also the most picturesque.

In the late afternoon, the TAT Ford Tri-Motor approaches through the Cajon Pass between the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains in California. Approaching Glendale Airport, their final destination, the plane slid over Pasadena, north of Los Angeles. Also about Hollywood and movie studios.

 

Part II :Inauguration Day in Los Angeles  - Two Air Crash in Five Months  -  TAT & Western Air Express - Ford Tri-Motor Today

 

Sources First Coast to Coast Flight 

  1. The Smithsonian Air & Space
  2. Flying In lingbergh Line - Robert F kirk 
  3. The Building of an Airport : Port Columbus Robert F kirk 
  4. Journal American Aviation Historical Society
  5. The Smithsonian  Ford Plane
  6. Liberty aviation museum.org
  7. EAA Aviation Center  - 3000 Poberezny Road - Oshkosh, WI 54902
  8. Palm Springs Air Museum
  9. Air Museum Guide

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Jose Maria Cao Luaces : The Best Galician Cartoonist

Jose Maria Cao Luaces

The father of the Argentine  Cartoonist

He was a cartoonist, the most famous of Argentina. He was born in the town of Santa María de Cervo, Consello de Viveiro, Province of Lugo, (Galicia - Spain), on December 13, 1862 under the reign of Isabel II of Spain. Died in lanus State of Buenos Aires  on January 27, 1918.

The one Work in the Royal factory of porcelain of Sargadelos where his father worked, and closed this one in 1877. Later I go to work in a factory of earthenware  called Asturiana, in Gijón - Asturias. like assistant of decorator.

 

Manuel Braganza King of Portugal - Cartoon of Cao Luaces -1910
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There he met the sculptor José María López Rodríguez. who taught him sculpture and drawing techniques. I work with the artist in the statues of David and Simon, who are in the altarpiece of the high altar of San Agustín..

 

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Later he moved to Madrid in order to continue specializing and worked in a porcelain company in that city. Cao Luaces directed the workshop of an establishment of ceramics and glassworks in La Coruña,. He also studied various careers in commerce, customs and telegraphs. He also collaborated with literary essays in several publications.

 

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The Emigration

In 1886, I pack their suitcases and emigrate to Buenos Aires - Argentina and his first job was to make cartoons on the street. In 1887 he was associated with a workshop of engravings. He was a teacher of a school and he collaborated in several magazines, among them, the most important, "El Sudamericano", where he was in charge of the portraits section.

 

Cao Luaces Cartoon - Spain: Juan Pérez Caballero y Ferrer and Others
Cao Luaces Cartoon - Spain: Juan Pérez Caballero y Ferrer and Others

 

One of his first caricatures caused a week in the Jail At that time the state of siege was in force and governed by President Julio A. Roca. In 1887 he was hired by the director of the Don Quijote Magazine, Eduardo Sojo. He knew Cao Luaces for his work in other graphic magazines.

 

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Cao Luaces cartoon

 

Both were engaged in the task of ridiculing  and caricaturing government figures.  For those reasons they were persecuted and they knew the jail. They used pseudonyms to protect their identities, although it did not serve them much usefulness

 

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07-05-1910 Cao Luaces toon - The Best Galician - Argentine Cartoonist

Persecution and Jail of Cao Luaces

Political Violence and Attempted At that time when he worked for Don Quijote and apparently for a caricature of General Capdevila. Cao Luaces was imprisoned and confined in a prison.

 

 

For this reason the president of the Argentine Nation, General Roca, intervened to appease the spirits and the Cartoonist regained his freedom.

 

Caras y caretas Cao Luaces toon - The Best Galician - Argentine Cartoonist
Caras y caretas Cao Luaces toon - The Best Galician - Argentine Cartoonist

The same Don QuiJote was closed by the government. The newspaper Don Quijote was a supporter organ opposed to the national government: A political group called "radicalism" that, from 1890, emerged as a dissident voice in the person of its founder Leandro N Alem. It was an alternative to hegemony of the conservative parties that were ruling at that time.

 From that publication, humor is considered as a political tool. The founder of the Radical Party, Leandro N. Alem, maintained that "the revolution of 1890 was made by arms and cartoons"

 Caras y Caretas Magazine

Came from Uruguay, where the Spaniard Eustaquio Pellicer had started it in 1890 as a festive, literary, artistic and news weekly. In Buenos Aires, the director was Sixto. Alvarez (Fray Mocho) and the cartoonist Manuel Mayol. Cao Luaces drawings are found in the pages of this magazine

Caras y caretas Cao Luaces
Caras y caretas Cao Luaces NOV 1910

 

Foundation of the Eco of Galicia On February 7, 1892, Cao Luaces founded El Eco de Galicia. The same name that was published in Cuba years before. From there he insisted on the refounding of the Galician center of Buenos Aires, closed a year earlier. At the head of El Eco de Galicia was little time, selling it to the eight months of having founded.

Caras y caretas Cao Luaces NOV 1910
Caras y caretas Cao Luaces NOV 1910

Other works

Other works by Cao Luaces He also made a series of drawings of international personalities who acted in the 1914 war. And also drew the gaucho and scenes  from the Argentine Pampas.

When the Centennial of the May Revolution of 1810 arrived, he published cartoons in the magazine El Hogar (July 7, 1916). He ventured other plastic arts such as painting and made several important works such as his painting The Lautaro Lodge.

Julio Argentino Roca - Not Cao Work

Cao Luaces worked in Freemasonry and came to occupy a degree 33 in the regional Lanus). He lived in Lanus, at that time Municipal County of Avellaneda, State of Buenos Aires. Here collaborating with the Local County when founding a Cultural Society called "Mother Fraternity". He died in Lanús on January 27, 1918.

 

Opinion by Luis Seoane

The Painter & Artist made a biography of Cao where he said :

"The figure that he drew was perfectly molded, he adhered to the laws of chiaroscuro, to the retouching. But more began with his work for the drawing of this country a schematic concision from which we could cite numerous examples. When they were designated "the father of the Argentine cartoon" they affirmed a truth and we are sure that they did not refer so much to their fruitful work, as to their quality of that work"

"first it was Cao although his art had been developed in this nation. Castelao, our greatest humorist, thought so much and often conversations had what pleasure he was looking for as a child first in Argentina and then in Galicia the drawings of Cao. Certainly Castelao knew Cao much more than the drawings. Perhaps also many of his articles, essays and the thought that about Galicia Cao sustained his battle in the Galician collectivity."

All the images correspond to the private collection of traveling-cook.com corresponding to the magazine Caras y Caretas year 1910

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