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Oral History Interview with Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek Dickerson, February 27, 2000

Description: Interview with Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek Dickerson, former pilot from Kerrville, Texas. Mrs. Dickerson describes her early interest in airplanes and tells stories from her days with the WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), flying different types of aircraft to bases all over the United States. She includes the history of WASP, its formation, and dissolution. Her flying stories detail plane crashes and near-death experiences, including the sabotage of planes at the airport in Enid, OK by a German National. Mrs. Dickerson also talks about running a flying service in the Kerrville airport with her husband, Carl Meek, during the early days of aviation after WWII.
Date: February 27, 2000
Creator: Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Bethel, Ann & Dickerson, Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Texas First Air Flight

Description: Photograph of the first flight in Texas. A biplane is in the sky and a man's hat is partially visible at the left and a utility pole is at the right. "Rogers" is indicated in the inscription on the back.
Date: 1908
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library


Description: Photograph of a line of biplanes with a large crowd of observers in the background. The field is near St. Edward's University in south Austin.
Date: April 7, 1918
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Firefighters Standing in the Aftermath of a Hangar Fire]

Description: Photograph of thirteen firefighters standing in the ashes and debris of a melted airplane in one of the Red Bird Airport Hangars. Most of the firefighters are facing away from the camera, and one of the firefighters holds a hose that has been turned off. Beyond the debris, on the far right, is another small airplane and aircraft maintenance equipment. The hangar door is partially open in the background. On the back of the photograph are two labels and handwritten notes giving information about the photo, including the date.
Date: April 12, 1961
Location Info:
Partner: Dallas Firefighters Museum

[Smith Family Films, No. 15 - Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Dedication Ceremony]

Description: This home documents the daily lives and activities of a family. The film begins with family members on vacation feeding chipmunks, hiking, and gathering wood. The film concludes with the dedication ceremony of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on September 22, 1973 (02:19-04:24). Footage of the ceremony begins with a speech by former Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson (02:19-02:25), followed by former Governor of Texas John Connally (02:26) and footage of guests on the stage. It appears that Congressman Jim Wright is seated to Connally's right (02:32). Connally introduces the current Governor of Texas, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. (02:37), who speaks to the crowd. Governor Briscoe's speech is followed by footage of an unidentified man speaking (02:44) as well as the large crowds, television news crews, and North Texas State University marching band. Other unidentified men speak (03:29) followed by more footage of the crowds and footage of the airport shot from a moving car. The film ends with members of the NTSU marching band posing for the camera (04:03-04:24). Members of the Smith family, Barney Smith and cousin Leslie Pruitt, were in the North Texas State University Band and performed as part of the ceremony.
Date: 1973-08/1973-09-22
Creator: Smith, Cordell & Smith, Elizabeth
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Hill Family Films, No. 7 - Air Shows]

Description: This home movie documents the Roy E. Hill family attending the National Model Airplane Championship at the Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas in 1956 and an Air Show of full sized air craft at Hensley Field (later Naval Air Station Dallas and Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex) on May 22, 1955.
Date: 1955/1956
Creator: Hill, Roy E.
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library

Interview with G.L. "Topper" Long, March 9, 1989

Description: Interview with G.L. "Topper" Long, Vice President of Marketing for Textron Aerostructures. In the interview, Long discusses Textron Aerostructures, which is the aerostructures division of Textron Corporation, as well as the positive and negative aspects of the airline industry and its recent attention.
Date: March 9, 1989
Creator: Long, G. L. & McCaleb, Gary
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library