AARP Wyoming Webinar Collection Examines Wyoming’s Aviation Previous

Wyoming’s place in aviation historical past would be the topic of a three-webinar sequence hosted by AARP Wyoming in August. The sequence might be offered by Michael Kassel, the Affiliate Director and Curator of Collections on the Cheyenne Frontier Previous West Museum.

The webinars are free, however viewers are required to register by clicking right here (

Please word that you just should be signed in to your account or create an account to register for occasions. AARP membership shouldn’t be required. Please don’t decide out of event-related e-mail, as you can be emailed a hyperlink to affix the category by way of Zoom previous to the occasion.

The primary webinar is slated for midday Mountain Time on Aug. 3 and is known as, “The Invention of Airmail.” Register for this webinar by going clicking right here (

Whereas planes had been the weapons of World Struggle I, right now, there have been restricted makes use of within the civilian world. It took the daring of Basic Billy Mitchell and the daring imaginative and prescient of the US Assistant Postmaster Basic Otto Praeger to foresee one key method the airplane may join the nation.

This presentation tells the story of the world’s first transcontinental air mail route and explores the daring pilots, expert technicians and communities prepared to take an opportunity on new applied sciences to overcome the challenges of flying coast to coast over a few of the most troublesome environments on the planet.

Wyoming, on the rooftop of the nation, held a particular significance for the US air mail service, and we are going to discover the position our state had within the creation of this technological marvel. What occurred in Wyoming laid the inspiration for the business aviation world we take pleasure in as we speak.

At midday on Aug. 10, Kassel will supply a webinar referred to as, “Stewardess Faculty. To register for this occasion, click on right here (

In 1929, folks had been terrified to fly. The sky belonged to air mail pilots, army aviators and barnstormers. Few folks considered the airplane as a way of journey. However Boeing Air Transport, the world’s largest airline, was decided to persuade folks in any other case, although luxurious and expertise alone wouldn’t be sufficient to entice the timid public.

So two folks got here up with a plan to make the flight expertise extra snug. Steve Simpson, a ticket agent from California, and Ellen Church, a nurse from Iowa, conceived a daring plan to recruit younger ladies to function stewardesses for the airline. The primary group of eight younger ladies had been educated on the firm’s headquarters in Cheyenne, and despatched aloft – and the business airline trade would by no means be the identical. In the present day, the flight attendant is likely one of the most vital roles of our fashionable expertise of flying and is ubiquitous the world over.

This presentation examines how the unique imaginative and prescient of Simpson and Church remodeled the enterprise and what position Cheyenne continued to play within the pleasant skies.

The ultimate within the three-webinar sequence takes place at midday on Aug. 17 and is titled, “The Airplane Modification Middle of Cheyenne.” Register for that occasion right here (

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US discovered itself embroiled within the largest struggle the world had ever recognized. To prepare for this battle, the US Military Air Corps wanted as many planes with the newest expertise as attainable. What transpired through the Second World struggle was a miracle of manufacturing that contributed mightily to our nation’s eventual victory.

A key contributor to this effort was positioned in an unlikely place….Cheyenne. Cheyenne was dwelling to the famed Upkeep Base of United Airways, and the Military Air Corps may consider no higher place to strategy to unravel a few of the most difficult points going through the service.

Crammed with the very best aviation technicians on the earth, the Modification Middle Quantity 10 was established. This wonderful heart, the biggest within the Rocky Mountain Area, was pivotal within the manufacturing of the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The story of Modification Middle 10 celebrates the progressive prowess of its technicians, the professionalism of its check pilots and the dedication of its ladies struggle employees in making a struggle successful effort to deliver the battle to the nation’s enemies.