The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 105, July 2001 - April, 2002 Page: 598
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Cover: Long Distance Aero Immer, by C. A. A. Dellschau, March 14,
191o. Watercolor and ink on wood pulp paper mounted on cardboard,
15/ x 19/ inches. Courtesy Witte Museum of the San Antonio Museum Associa-
Long before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
located its Manned Spacecraft Center near Houston in 1961, as described
in the article beginning on page 583, this sprawling Texas city was home
to numerous people interested in flight. In 191o, Houston was the site of
the first flight in the state of Texas, and in that same year L. L. Walker of
Houston was one of the first Texans to fly. Houston was also the birth-
place of the enigmatic Howard Hughes who used his personal fortune to
pursue his life-long love of aviation. Following Hughes's record around-
the-world flights and national popularity, the city of Houston named its
airport in his honor.
At the same time the first flights were being made in Houston in 1910, C.
A. A. Dellschau, another enigmatic Houstonian fascinated by flight, was
painting thousands of pictures of imaginary aircraft, including the Aero
Immer seen on the cover, painted on March 14, 1910, in Houston, as not-
ed in the lower left corner of the canvas. A native of Germany born in
1830, Dellschau spent years in California where he was part of an early
group dedicated to designing and constructing aircraft. By the late 188os,
he was living in Houston, and beginning about 1900 he started his imag-
inative series of drawings of fanciful, colorful airships. A brief biography
of this elusive man, and many of his fascinating works of art, are included
in Cecilia Steinfeldt's Art for History's Sake: The Texas Collection of the Witte
Museum, published by the TSHA in 1993.
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