St. Mary

Jul 1, 2014 5:35 PM

Wedell-Williams Air Service book signing, presentation

Barbara Schultz, noted aviation historian and co-author of the book The Wedell-Williams Air Service, will discuss and sign her book from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Louisiana State Museum-Patterson, 118 Cotten Road.

Schultz's biographical novel focuses on Harry P. Williams and James R. Wedell, the creators of the Wedell-Williams Air Service Corporation in Patterson. The company, created in 1929, was Louisiana's first commercial airline. It provided passenger service from New Orleans to Houston, but became famous for designing and building racing aircraft. According to Schultz's book, Wedell's designs set a precedent by demonstrating that bigger engines with more power were not always the right combination to win aeronautical races.

The LSM-Patterson collection includes all six of the Wedell-Williams replica air racers that dominated competition in the Golden Age of Aviation from the late 1920s through the 1930s.

Schultz lives on a private airport in Lancaster, Calif., and is an avid researcher of aviation history. Her other publications include Flying Carpets and the newly released Endorsed by Earhart, which documents the many endorsements Amelia Earhart made before her untimely death in 1937.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information call 985.399.1271.

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