Wichita Municipal Airport

Wichita Municipal AirportTwo views of the municipal airport in Wichita, Kansas. On the back:

The Administration Building of the Municipal Airport houses the offices of the airlines, government weather bureau, pilot’s quarters and coffee shop. It is the headquarters of the activities on this nationally famous airport. The Administration Building is six miles from the city and is reached by a four-lane diagonal highway.

U.S. Air Corps

U.S. Air Corps PostcardCommemorative Airmail PostcardMailed from Portage, Pennsylvania to Fort Worth Texas in 1941, this ever-so nifty U.S. Air Corps postcard has an equally nifty Portage, PA Air Mail Commemorative on the back.

Girl in a Plane

girl in airplane postcardCute pic of a girl piloting an airplane. Mailed in 1913, there’s a funny message (to me at least) on the back that reprimands the recipient for not having written:

Dear Ruby,
Why don’t you write? I haven’t heard from you or Homer either one. Are you too busy to write or what? When are you going to write that letter & tell me what you promised you would? You know what it’s about. Well, answer right away.

Rhode Island State Airport

Rhode Island Airport PostcardThis postcard view of the Rhode Island State Airport, if my research is accurate, has left out some pertinent information, including the name of the facility. It is in fact the T.F. Green Airport, named for the former governor of Rhode Island, and is located in Warwick, about six miles south of Providence.

Atlantic City Surf

Atlantic City SurfThis otherwise forgettable ocean view postcard is interesting because of the penciled message and drawing on the front. It was mailed in 1915, Curtiss Flying Boatand the message reads: “There are two Curtis flying boats down here near the inlet. John and I went down to get a good look at them. One is flying around all the time. Fifteen dollars a ride. If I had the price I would go.” At right is a pic of a Curtiss flying boat from 1915.

Consolidated Aircraft Corp.

Consolidated Aircraft PostcardConsolidated Aircraft was founded in 1923 and quickly gained acclaim for their “flying boats”. In 1943 the company would merge with Vultee Aircraft and become Convair. Ten years later a majority interest in Convair was purchased by General Dynamics, and 1994 saw “GD” sell most of the divisions to McDonnell Douglas and Lockeed. On a personal note, Dad worked at the General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth for over forty years. Often referred to as simply, “the bomber plant”, the company struggled in the ’70s and prompted my folks to jokingly call it the bummer plant. That’s just funny.