Dan Bubb 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