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Air Service to Atlanta Gives City New "Neighbor"

Cincinnati Post April 15, 1941

First Flight lands at Lunken Airfield; Mayor and Others Take 'Preview' Trip

Cincinnati had a new neighbor to the South Tuesday--Atlanta, brought to within two hours and 40 minutes of this city by inauguration of the new Delta Airline flying service.

The first plane on the schedule which calls for two daily flights between here and Atlanta by way of Knoxville, landed at Lunken Airfield at 10:52 a. m. after leaving Atlanta at 8:12 a. m.

Delta Airlines DC-3 arriving at Lunken photoThe plane carried Mayor Stewart, Morris Edwards, Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, and Guy Randolph, C of C. aviation committee member, officials of Lexington, Ky, and representatives of the three Cincinnati papers who Tuesday made an inaugural flight to Atlanta as guests of C. E. Faulk, president and C. E. Woolman and Laigh C. Parker, vice presidents of Delta.

At a dinner given at the fashionable Piedmont Driving Club by Atlanta Chamber of Commerce officials Monday night, Mayor Stewart welcomed Atlanta as "a new neighbor to the south of Cincinnati."

He spoke of the neighborliness of American cities which "through a unity of action in these troubled times" would give direction to a better democracy. Winship Nunally, chairman of the Atlanta Aviation Committee, and Gilmore Nunn of the Lexington Board of Commerce, termed Mayor Stewart as the "real goodwill ambassador of the line."

The flight, piloted by veteran pilots, Capts. C. H. Dolsan and F. J. Schwaemmle, takes a course over some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, the Lexington stock farms, the Norris Dam, Smoky Mountains and the fertile lowlands of Georgia.

Until the new airport at Lexington is completed, the flight will not stop there. It is expected that the field will be completed in two months.