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Synopsis: On the brink of World War II, Texas was still largely a rural state, a closed society. Few chose to leave, and even fewer outsiders found any reason to enter. A frontier morality dictated adherence to strict moral guidelines regarding temperance, frugality, tolerance, fidelity, and moderation. Cultural activities and educational opportunities were limited.
The state’s economic situation was dire as a result of the Great Depression and persistent drought. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, needing to put unemployed men back to work and at the same time begin preparing for a looming war, called for building more than fifty thousand new military aircraft and training more than thirty thousand pilots to fly them.
And that’s when Texas began to change. In the next few years, sixty-five army airfields would be located in Texas, more than in any other state. Some citizens may have been troubled initially at the prospect of uniformed strangers trooping down their streets, perhaps up to all manner of nefarious deeds. Those concerns, however, were all but obscured by the reality of federal dollars flowing into citizens’ pockets long empty and civic coffers all but bone dry.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, a surging spirit of patriotism universally overcame any shreds of lingering doubt about the need not only to have the bases close by but to welcome military personnel to the community with open arms.
The air force had come to Texas in a big way, and changes, as well as the wings of thousands of airplanes, were in the air, from Dalhart to Laredo and from El Paso to San Antonio.
About the Author: THOMAS E. ALEXANDER is the author of two other books on Texas military history, volumes one and two of The Stars Were Big and Bright: The United States Army Air Forces and Texas During World War II. Volume I received the San Antonio Conservation Society 2001 Book Citation. Alexander, who received his flight training in Texas, served as a captain in the air force and as a major in the Illinois Air Guard. He lives in Kerrville, Texas, and previously was owner/operator of Alexander Cattle Company and executive vice president/marketing for Neiman Marcus in Dallas.
Title: The Wings of Change - The Army Air Force ...
Publisher: State House Press
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Book Description McWhiney Foundation Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Alexander, Thomas. THE WINGS OF CHANGE: THE ARMY AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE IN TEXAS DURING WORLD WAR II. Abilene, TX: McWhiney Foundation Press, c2003. first printing. 229pp., index, illus. b/w photos. 8vo. as new hardcover in as new d/j. Seller Inventory # 81422
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Book Description McWhiney Foundation Press, Abilene, TX, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good - Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good - Fine. First Edition. The story of the Army Air Force influence on Texas during WW II. Minimal wear. A very good or better copy. Seller Inventory # 006824