For the past two years, Historian Thomas O. James, has been researching a fascinating aspect of Ohio Valley history.
He is recording the local history of aviation, between the years 1918 and 1938, with the objective of publishing a chronicle of the events and the names of the pilots and their planes that landed at the former Federal Airport, Langin Field, at Moundsville.
According to Tom, "The goal is a History. No one has done it - that is, write a history of the development of aviation in the Ohio Valley - and I see this as an opportunity to contribute something worthwhile."
Thomas O. James
Having written about Charles A. Lindbergh's visit to the Ohio Valley in 1927, he is considered an expert on the details of that event.
On the subject of Lindbergh's visit, Tom has been a guest speaker at the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Society, the Wheeling Newcomers Club, the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple of Wheeling and the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Moundsville.
Tom is currently serving a three-year term on the program committee of the West Virginia Humanities Council. He led a campaign in 2003 to install a West Virginia Historic Highway Marker in Moundsville, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Lindbergh's landing of the Spirit of St. Louis at Langin Field, Moundsville.
A native of Moundsville, Tom holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degee from Wheeling Jesuit University. For the past twenty-five years, he has worked as a Professional Jeweler.
Tom has contributed the following articles:
Visitors to this website are invited to contact Tom regarding information or photos that might be useful in this important history project.
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Webpage by Linda Cunningham Fluharty - Dec 2004