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8+ Decades of Aviation History in East Tennessee

Episode Description

Aviation has played a crucial role in the development and growth of East Tennessee since the early 1900s. As McGhee Tyson Airport celebrates its 84th Anniversary, this podcast highlights some of the inspirational people and aviation milestones that have occurred in our region. We are joined by Bob Davis, a local historian and pilot, who has spent years researching TYS and DKX. Aviation buffs are welcome!

Guests in this Episode
Becky and Mr. Davis at a luncheon in 2012 where Mr. Davis shared TYS history.

Mr. Bob Davis is a local historian; Knoxville native; pilot based at DKX; and a FAA designated pilot examiner.

Mentioned in this Episode
  • How did McGhee Tyson Airport get its name? Answered at 6:53
  • July 29, 1937: first commercial flight at McGhee Tyson Airport, an American Airlines transcontinental airmail route
  • Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame
  • Tennessee Museum of Aviation
  • East Tennessee’s Early Aviators:
    • Evelyn Johnson
    • Elmer Wood
    • Farris Thomas
    • Hodges Briscoe
    • Walter Self
  • East Tennessee Historical Society
  • There are not many historical landmarks within the industry, because “aviation moves on.”
Music in this Episode

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