Harold English--bricklayer, pilot,
entrepreneur, barnstormer, war trader, airline executive and
captain, and aviation promoter extraordinaire--almost
single-handedly brought the wonder of aviation to the Texas
Panhandle and subsequently to much of the nation between Oklahoma
City and Albuquerque New Mexico.
others in the nation and world looked to the skies and saw little,
Harold English looked to the skies and saw much of what we see
today--air carriers forming the hub of world commerce--transporting
people and goods throughout the world in a manner would now could no
longer manage without.
|Had not an
early death on a night darkened highway west of the city taken the
life of Harold English, an airport that he inspired, built and
named--and which at the time was recognized as one of the greatest
airports in the United States--might have developed at a pace equal
to that of his rapidly spreading influence in the state's and
nation's aviation industry.
||In a period
of only 10 years, Harold English laid down his trowel and turned
from bricklaying to piloting aircraft, barnstorming from airport to
airport, convincing city, state and national leaders of the power
and benefits of commercial aviation, building a network of passenger
and cargo air service across the south plains, touting the value of
the south plains as the primary hub for airliners moving from coast
to coast at ever increasing speeds.
pioneers and travelers of today, at some time in their lives, passed
through airports and traveled on airlines that grew from seeds
planted by Harold English in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The
dynamism of people like Harold English became the lifeblood of the
aviation industry that we see today.
Additional information regarding
other aviation pioneers may be seen at the Texas Air &
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