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Innsbrucker Flugwesen

from its beginnings to the end of the Second World War

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Tanja Chraust presents the history of aviation in Innsbruck on the basis of comprehensive source studies from its beginnings to the end of the Second World War with extensive photographic material. Beginning with the efforts of the "Verein für Luftschifffahrt in Tirol" to familiarize the population of Innsbruck with airplanes for the first time on the occasion of the "Innsbrucker Flugtage" in 1912, she traces the development of aviation in Innsbruck by means of the most prominent stages: During the First World War, the army command tried to establish a military airfield in Innsbruck. In the period between the two world wars, private and public institutions endeavored to connect Innsbruck to the European air network, which was currently being developed, by means of an airport. With connections to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Paris and Milan, Innsbruck Airport, which opened on June 1, 1925 in Reichenau, positioned itself in the European route network. The author shows the manifold importance of the newly built airport for society, politics, economy and military matters in Innsbruck: She discusses the touristic significance of an airport in the Tyrolean capital as well as the consequences of the world economic crisis on aviation, refers to the development of an idealistic group of aviation enthusiasts around the airport, and further discusses the role of Innsbruck Airport with regard to the development of Austrian military aviation in the 1930s as well as in the context of Nazi rule.
AuthorsTanja Chraust 
SeriesNeue Folge
Pages Count354
Release Date2004