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Cleveland's National Air Races

From Arcadia Publishers, written by Tom Matowitz, Clevelander. Includes photos from the IWASM archives. Signed by author.

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Cleveland National Air Races

From Arcadia Publishers, written by Tom Matowitz, Clevelander. Includes photos from the IWASM archives. Signed by author. Makes a great gift!! Enthusiasm for aviation exploded after Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1927. The National Air Races, held in Cleveland between 1929 and 1949, collectively represent one of the most significant aviation events of the 20th century. Cleveland’s newly constructed municipal airport, the world’s largest airport facility at the time, along with its permanent 50,000-seat bleachers, won the city hosting rights to the event. The National Air Races captivated the public during the grim years of the Great Depression and provided a showcase for many aviation innovations including retractable landing gear, low-wing monoplanes, aircooled engines, and careful streamlining. A deadly crash ended the National Air Races more than 50 years ago, but the races made an unforgettable impression. This book should reinforce the memories of those who saw the races firsthand and pique the interest of those who have always wished they had. Author Bio: Thomas G. Matowitz Jr., a licensed pilot and author of Cleveland’s National Air Races, has been fascinated by Cleveland’s aviation history since childhood. He was inspired by his grandfather George K. Scott, who learned how to fly in Cleveland in a Waco 9 in 1928 and remained an active pilot for 45 years.