Chapter One: From 30,000 Feet: Airports and Aviation History Since 1945

  • Janet R. Bednarek
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


Bednarek explores the broad developments within aviation history most significant in the development of US airports since 1945. These air transportation facilities—rooted in local history, local economy, and local culture—operate within a national and even global system of transportation, thus requiring often contentious dialogue and negotiation between various layers of government and between government and the airlines. The tensions produced became acute after 1945 with the introduction of new technologies, jet airliners in particular; the shift from strict regulation of air commerce to a more market-oriented regime of deregulation; the phenomenal growth of air passenger traffic; the use of airports to promote local economic development, placing them within the long history of inter-urban competition; and broad security concerns that raised multiple constitutional issues.


Airline Industry Aviation Security Urban Hierarchy Sonic Boom Airport Security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet R. Bednarek
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  1. 1.University of DaytonCollege ParkUSA

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