Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines

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Founded by Thomas H. Davis in 1948, Piedmont Airlines was one of the most respected regional airlines of its time. This exhaustive history follows the airline from its humble beginnings at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to its 1989 absorption into USAir after a buyout at the highest price ever commanded by a regional airline. Drawing upon corporate documents, local news stories, and countless personal interviews with former Piedmont employees, the author tells the airline's history in detail. Nearly 100 photographs show the airline's development, and two appendices provide comprehensive lists of its fleet and service destinations. Fully indexed.APiedmont mechanicasserted, a€œHe hasna#39;tforgottenwhat itwasliketogetgrease under his fingernails reworkingthepiston ... Piedmonta#39;s most criticalearlyventurewas a contractwiththeUnited Statesgovernment totrain pilotsforcombat and serve as an authorized repairfacilityfor military aircraft. ... Atfirst, the administrationwanted theseCivilian Pilot Training(CPT) programs conducted in theacademicsetting ofanbsp;...

Title:Piedmont Airlines
Author: Richard E. Eller
Publisher:McFarland - 2008-03-24

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