Ford Air Tour in 1926

Prepare Big Welcome. St. Paul, Aug. 9. – (AP) – Official delegations from four states and the province of Manitoba, Canada, were here today to join in welcoming the Edsel Ford trophy commercial airplane reliability tour, which left Detroit, Mich., Saturday. A public reception and a dinner-conference topped a heavy program from the air tourists on their two-day stay here at the St. Paul Municipal airport. At the dinner conference tonight, a policy of definite co-operation of cities throughout the northwest territory will be decided on to bring them closer together in aviation transportation. Heads of a dozen delegations from the larger northwest communities will participate in the gathering. In addition to the Twin Cities, official groups came here from Fargo, Minot, Bismarck and Grand Forks, N. D.; Pierre and Aberdeen, S. D.; Sioux City, Iowa; Duluth, Albert Lea, Owatonna and Rochester, Minn., and Canadian government officials and representatives of the city of Winnipeg. (The Winona Republican-Herald, Monday Evening, August 9, 1926, Volume 26, Number 146, Page 1)

Air Route Network in Northwest Planned. Cities Asked to Join Program of Development. Resolution Adopted at Conference With Ford Tour Representatives Calls for Establishing of Municipal Airports and Taxi Lines. Fliers Prepare for Next Hop. St. Paul, Aug. 10. – (AP) – A new era in aviation, with establishment of municipal airports and airplane taxi, freight and passenger service in the principal cities, faced the northwest today as a result of the Ford reliability airplane tour. Decision to proceed along these lines was reached at a conference here last night with representatives of the tour and other interested parties from four states and Winnipeg, Man., attending. The conference adopted a resolution, presented by J. H. Dahl, mayor of Fargo, N. D., in which all cities of the northwest were urged to “unite on a definite and active policy for the immediate development of commercial aviation,” in this section. “This policy,” said the resolution, “is to be placed in operation by each city of the northwest, which will be requested to provide a municipal airport and to establish air taxi lines which will link the northwest.” (The Winona Republican-Herald, Tuesday Evening, August 10, 1926, Volume 26, Number 147, Page 1)

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