The barnstormer Monsieur Paulhan at an airfield on January 30, 1910.
A grooming machine prepares the runway at the Saltair resort on the Great Salt Lake in preparation for an aviation meet in 1911.
A pilot prepares to fly a Wright Brothers airplane that visited Utah on April 15, 1911.
Two men on a Wright brothers plane in 1911.
A Wright Brothers airplane flies above a grandstand in Salt Lake City on April 15, 1911.
Biplane in a field. Date and place unknown.
J. A. Tomlinson and Ben Redman pose at SLC before boarding Western Air Lines first passenger flight on May 23, 1926. The two flew to Los Angeles with a stopover in Las Vegas; it was an eight-hour flight. A one-way ticket to Los Angeles cost $90 (the equivalent of more than $900 today).
A mail plane in August 1926.
Postmaster Will Brooks, on the left, takes the first bag of airmail delivered in St. George, Utah. Photo not dated.
Charles Lindbergh visited Salt Lake City in 1927, a few months after his historic flight. Here he waves from a car as a hero’s parade in his honor moves down Main Street.
Early pilots relied on sight to get where they wanted to go. For those who didn't know where the Salt Lake Airport was, a sign on the Salt Lake LDS Tabernacle pointed the way in 1930. Elsewhere in the West, big white arrows on the landscape kept pilots heading in the right directions.
An airplane and an early hangar at Woodward Field. Woodward Field was dedicated in 1920 and named for John P. Woodward, an airmail pilot who was killed when his plane crashed in Wyoming snowstorm. Woodward Field was later renamed Salt Lake City Airport, then Salt Lake City International Airport.
A pilot and another man standing next to a plane owned by Boeing Air Transport, Inc., ca 1932. Shipler photograph.
The Kendall Oil Co. plane at the airport on June 23, 1935. Bray photo.
United Air Lines stewardesses and a new plane on January 26, 1937.
A mail plane leaving Salt Lake City at dawn; date unknown.
A United Air Lines Mainliner was rechristened the "Utah Centennial" in 1847 as a "salute to the memory of Brigham Young and the Mormon trek of 1847." A company marketing piece said that the plane would carry the name "during its daily flights between cities along United Air Lines' coast-to-coast and Pacific coast routes."
Utah's Centennial plane -- a United Air Lines Mainliner -- with schoolchildren, c. 1947.
"Suzy-Q," the first B-17 to arrive at OOMA (Office, Ogden Air Materiel Area). It arrived in 1943.
Gift to Utah State History of Roger D. Launius.
Air Force personnel stand in front of a bomber at Wendover Air Force Base, c. 1945.
The caption on this Air Force photo reads: "This triumvirate dropped the first atom bomb on Japan: Major Theodore J. VanKirk, navigator; Paul W. Tibbets, pilot; and Major Tom Ferebee, bombardier. All three, members of the 58th Wing, are in the running for the chance to drop the A-Bomb at Bikini [Atoll]." This group secretly trained at Wendover Air Force Base before dropping the a-bomb on Hiroshima.
Frontier Airlines plane and flight attendants, June 17, 1963. Shipler photo.