Dan Bubb received his MA in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in history and political science from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is a former airline pilot who has published articles on commercial aviation and airport history in the American West. In 2012, he published his first book, Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City (University of Nevada Press). Currently, Dan is researching and writing a second book that examines the role airlines and airports play in connecting Western American cities with the world. He is a Faculty-in-Residence, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Academic Affairs in the Honors College at UNLV.
The whole idea behind [flying boats] was passenger comfort. The Boeing plane could fly for 4,000 miles at a speed of 183 miles per hour. This is a consistent theme throughout commercial aviation history. The military constantly was designing faster and larger planes, and the commercial aviation industry followed suit.24 February 2021