“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Terrell in Kaufman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Major W.F. Long


Major W.F. Long Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
1. Major W.F. Long Marker
Inscription.  Missouri native William Francis "Bill" Long was 17 when his family moved to Texas. During World War I, he was an aerial observer and pilot in the 24th Aero Squadron, First Army Observation Group. After the war, he established San Antonio Aviation and Motor School at Stinson Field. In 1925, he bought 251 surplus Curtiss airplanes and a hangar at Love Field and moved his flight training school there as Dallas Aviation School and Air College. Never idle, long, sometimes referred to as "Mr. Love Field," built a new airfield, Curtiss-Wright field, with partners in 1929 at Grand Prairie.

In 1939, Long attended Gen. "Hap" Arnold's Washington, D.C. briefing on the use of civilian contract schools to train U.S. Army pilot cadets in anticipation of World War II. Long received a contract and the program's success led to a second contract, for a school at the reactivated Hicks Field in Fort Worth and for an airplane mechanics training school at Love Field. Long opened another school at Curtis Field in Brady in March 1941. England also sent its Royal Air Force (RAF) cadets to train in the U.S., contracting with Long to open the No. 1 British
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Flying Training School at Terrell. During the war, Long and associates acquired Essair Airlines which provided airmail service from Houston to Amarillo, with stops across Texas. Renamed Pioneer Airlines in 1946, the carrier attested Long's belief that such feeder airlines would promote passenger flights when it expanded to dozens of cities in Texas and New Mexico. Under significant pressures of time and wartime shortages, Long operated four schools, training about one-tenth of U.S. Army aviators and one-third of RAF cadets in the U.S. His accomplishments garnered him honors from President Harry S. Truman and King George VI, as well as a place in Texas aviation history.
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17215.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World IWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1941.
Location. 32° 42.664′ N, 96° 16.165′ W. Marker is in Terrell, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is at the intersection of British Flying School Boulevard and South Virginia Street (Texas Highway 34), on the left when traveling east on British Flying School Boulevard. Located at the
Major W.F. Long image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
2. Major W.F. Long
Terrell Municipal Airport terminal building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 British Flying School Boulevard, Terrell TX 75160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. No. 1 British Flying Training School (approx. half a mile away); William Henry Burnett (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Old Graveyard (approx. 1.7 miles away); Texas & Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (approx. 1.7 miles away); The American National Bank (approx. 1.8 miles away); Robert A. Terrell Home (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terrell.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. No. 1 British Flying Training School
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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