A Complete History, 1948–1989
About the Book
Founded by Thomas H. Davis in 1948, Piedmont Airlines was one of the most respected regional airlines of its time. This exhaustive history follows the airline from its humble beginnings at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to its 1989 absorption into USAir after a buyout at the highest price ever commanded by a regional airline.
Drawing upon corporate documents, local news stories, and countless personal interviews with former Piedmont employees, the author tells the airline’s history in detail. Nearly 100 photographs show the airline’s development, and two appendices provide comprehensive lists of its fleet and service destinations. Fully indexed.
About the Author(s)
Richard E. Eller is a history professor at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina.
Richard E. Eller
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 91 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 
Table of Contents
Introduction: Speedbird 5
1. Winston-Salem Air, 1918–1944 9
2. First Flight, 1944–1948 31
3. Puddle Jumping, 1948–1958 50
4. Speedy Petey, 1958–1968 81
5. Experience Comes with Age, 1968–1977 113
6. The Hazards of Flight, 1959–1988 145
7. The Great Outfit, 1978–1984 173
8. The Last Virgin, 1985–1987 205
9. Another Airline, 1987–1989 226
Afterword: Last Flight Out 246
Epilogue: Flying West 252
Appendix A: The Piedmont Fleet, 1948–1989 259
Appendix B: Piedmont Destinations, 1948–1989 265
Chapter Notes 269
Book Reviews & Awards
“Eller has documented the birth, life, and demise of Piedmont Airlines”—The North Carolina Historical Review; “very detailed”—Journal of Southern History.