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Taking Flight: The Evolving Transcontinental Airline Passenger Experience

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Daniel L. Rust, Ph.D.Assistant Director of the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Ever since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean over two hundred years ago, transcontinental travel has held a certain mystique in the minds of Americans. Making ever-faster transcontinental connections developed into a national obsession, and air travel became the latest chapter in this quest. Starting in the late 1920s, commercial airlines carried passengers coast-to-coast; and in the coming decades, air travel evolved from a thrilling adventure into a routine part of everyday American life. By 1959, jet liners streaked nonstop coast-to-coast in under six hours as the people inside relaxed and dined in ease. Thirty years earlier the same air journey required nearly two days and multiple stops, and taxed each passenger


Tuesday, October 16, 2007
7:00 PM-8:30 PM