Lansdale Historical Society

"Up, Up and Away, The History of Aviation in the North Penn Region"

15 November 2007

   Steve Moyer, the society’s photo archivist, will describe the arrival of manned flight in the region. A licensed pilot and owner of an antique airplane, he will discuss early airports, planes and pilots as well as the fascination of area residents when they experienced their first trip up into the skies.
   The show will also feature a video presentation that includes rare film footage of a Ford Tri-Motor plane at the old Lansdale Airport on Welsh Road. The program will also include the story of the first transcontinental charter flight from Camden to Glendale, California in 1934. The TWA Douglas aircraft, filled with North Penn area residents, crossed the nation in 23 hours - not counting several stops along the way. The aircraft – huge for its time – circled above waving crowds in Lansdale before heading west.

Steve Moyer aviation display table

Steve Fredricks aviation display table

Dick Shearer audience

Steve Fredricks audience