Lecture Description

The term “flyover states” dismisses the Midwest as a place that can be literally looked down upon. It favors the vantage from the airplane window, suggesting that there is nothing to see down there but flatville. This talk flips the vantage point, illuminating how rural Midwesterners have understood their place in the world by looking up and out, starting with meterology and economic ornithology and moving on to barnstorming and early military aviation.


Midwest Technology and Industry

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