New Book on the History of Aviation in the Golden Triangle

The latest work to explore Columbus history is titled Aviation in the Golden Triangle by Stuart Vance.

This book is about the remarkable role of Mississippi’s Golden Triangle in the history of American aviation. Aviation in the Golden Triangle traces the fascinating true story of the region’s aviation activities from the World War I “Jenny” through the latest unmanned aircraft (UAV). An exciting array of aircraft, ideas, and dreams, both realized and broken, are chronicled. It is a story of success and failure in aircraft design and flight and a collection of unforgettable stories and colorful photographs, some of which have never before been published.

From a unique perspective, you will gain an insight into why a three-county area in North Mississippi has suddenly become one of the most desirable sites for job-producing industries in the U.S. today. The lives of the airmen in the chapter entitled, “Great Stories of the Golden Triangle,” help to provide one of the most interesting and informative aviation books published in recent years. This 118-page full-color coffee table book is ideal for the person who loves aviation, airplanes, American history, or the Golden Triangle, and for people who believe in overcoming obstacles to work together to build a better place.

The pilot of this "Jenny" from Payne Field was buzzing his girlfriend's house when he flew into a big sweet gum tree at Rosehill Plantation in southwestern Lowndes County. The farmhands seem to be enjoying the moment but the pilot knows his love affair has crashed. Photo Credit: Ernie Russell/Emmagene Crunk

Stuart Vance’s interest in aviation in the Golden Triangle began in the early 1960’s when he was an early proponent and supporter of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. He was a founding commissioner of the airport and represented the City of Starkville on the board for 42 years.

A native of Memphis, TN, Vance is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Vance was co-founder of Howard Family Room Furniture, the predecessor of Arnold Industries, Inc., of Starkville. He served as executive vice- president and marketing director of Arnold, an early innovator in Northeast Mississippi.

Past-president of the Starkville Rotary Club and a past-district governor of Rotary International, Vance is the recipient of the prestigious Rotary International, “Service Above Self Award,” for his fund raising activities for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Vance and his wife, “Mike,” still live in Starkville.

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Published in: on December 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thanks for posting this! I hope to purchase a copy of this book.

    • Can you tell me where i can get a copy of this book? I need ti for some research I am working on?

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