Dispatches from the Archives

Pangborn and his partners at San Diego, just before stunt.

Pangborn and his partners at San Diego, just before stunt.

During the first three decades of the twentieth century America became a flying nation. Before 1908, most Americans were skeptical that heavier-than-air powered flight was possible.

Beach image

In July of this year I nosed my car into a parking space at Ridgeway Reservoir in western Colorado. Even though the reservoir sits at nearly 7,000 feet the summer heat was stifling.