There are few better examples of the value of long-term planning than Atlanta’s airport. Atlanta did not blindly stumble into its status as an aviation powerhouse; it got there purposefully, thanks to the forward thinking of several Atlanta citizens. And it began with airmail.
A byproduct of World War 1 was the significant advancements made in the science of aviation. And one of the first post-war applications for the airplane was the delivery of mail. Prior to World War 1, trains were used to send mail from one city to another and immediately following the war the U.S. Government set about to establish a network of airfields that could serve as a base of operations for mail delivery via air.
Interested Atlanta citizens got wind of the plans for an airmail system and quickly moved to position Atlanta as the obvious choice as a base for the Southern airmail operation. And it paid off, sort of…as you will see in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.