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a number of different commercial and military helicopters
for use throughout the world. The company has long been
developing the technology of a convertible plane, and in
1981, Bell's XV-15 tilt rotor aircraft performed at the Paris
Air Show. The U.S. government eventually authorized a
significant tilt rotor program, still under testing and evaluation,
to produce the V-22 aircraft.
CIVILIfN FIR TR-INSPORT-fTION
Both Fort Worth and Dallas had individual public airports,
but there was growing recognition that the area needed
a major consolidated airport. In 1953, the Amon Carter
International Airport opened at a location midway between
Fort Worth and Dallas. However, due to stiff competition
from Dallas' Love Field, it closed a few years later. Although
the Carter International Airport was not successful, it laid
the groundwork for creating Dallas/Fort Worth
International Airport in 1973. Federal government officials
demanded that Dallas and Fort Worth agree upon a single
major airport to serve the area and, as a result, D/FW
International Airport came into existence. The 17,500-acre
airport remains one of the nation's busiest, handling an
average of 2,000 flights per day. American Airlines moved
its corporate headquarters from New York back to Fort
Worth in 1978 to be near DFW International Airport. The
company's training and corporate offices are located on the
land that had been occupied by the Amon Carter
IMPLIC-ITIONS O-F -FORT WORTH'S
-AVI-TION H-!RIT-fG- C
Texas will always be defined by its land, but as the Fort
Worth story illustrates, the state is being increasingly recognized
for its air space and aviation. The industry introduced
new technologies into a state known for its ranching, agriculture,
and oil. The aviation story of Fort Worth also
demonstrates the importance of local leadership in this special
field. Amon G. Carter Sr. was a driving force for aviation
developments in Fort Worth until his death in 1955.
Other community and business leaders have carried on with
Carter's belief in the importance of aviation and have kept
the city in the forefront of the world of aviation. The
Wright Brothers' dream for aviation initiated 100 years ago
has indeed taken full flight in Fort Worth-"Aviation
Douglas Harman, Ph.D., is a Fort Worth tourism official and
avid collector of aviation memorabilia.
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