|HR 1445 - Davis, Doug, Sr.; commend
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A RESOLUTION commending Doug Davis, Sr.; and for other purposes.
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HR 1445 LC 19 4758
1- 1 Commending Doug Davis, Sr.; and for other purposes.
1- 2 WHEREAS, pioneer pilot Doug Davis, Sr., trained under the
1- 3 direction and guidance of Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville
1- 4 (1871-1948) Wright, American aviational pioneers, with the
1- 5 first powered flight. During this time he became a friend
1- 6 to these giants of American history, and Orville Wright
1- 7 signed Doug's pilot's certificate; and
1- 8 WHEREAS, Doug Davis, Sr., had a flying circus, thrilling
1- 9 people with stunts such as wing walking and parachute
1-10 jumping. One stunt involved picking up Bonnie Rowe, his
1-11 parachute jumper, from the top of a fast moving train. By
1-12 the time Doug had done this stunt, he had joined the flying
1-13 circus of Mable Cody, who was the niece of Buffalo Bill
1-14 Cody; and
1-15 WHEREAS, Doug was Eastern Airlines' first captain and no
1-16 stranger to the boys who started Delta Airlines. Doug also
1-17 flew the first commercial airline flight from Atlanta to New
1-18 York, and in the National Air and Space Museum in
1-19 Washington, D.C., his statue stands by "Eddie" Rickenbacker
1-20 (1890-1973), American aviator, World War I ace flyer, and
1-21 businessman; and
1-22 WHEREAS, Doug opened the first hangar on Candler Field; by
1-23 that, he offered Atlanta's first air training school and the
1-24 first charter service. Today, from that very spot, one can
1-25 look a short distance and view the big jets as they come and
1-26 go from the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International
1-27 Airport. Doug saw the vision of the Atlanta airport as a
1-28 crossroads to the world, and on his field, Doug offered a
1-29 clay runway where his friend, Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh,
1-30 came through.
1-31 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF
1-32 REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body dedicate to
1-33 Doug Davis, Sr., to the aviational pioneers, and to all
1-34 pilots these words from "Come Fly Away," written by poet
1-35 Hugh Arnold:
2- 1 There's a place high above,
2- 2 Where eagles dare not soar-
2- 3 Where pilots sail the skies,
2- 4 Gleaning sights to adore.
2- 5 High in the lofty heights,
2- 6 There's a peace that's serene-
2- 7 Where God paints pictured clouds,
2- 8 And angels do convene.
2- 9 Come fly away with me,
2-10 And leave the world behind-
2-11 Just set your sights toward God,
2-12 And let your soul unwind.
2-13 Up here the world's at peace
2-14 And nothing's out of place.
2-15 It's a world of pure blue,
2-16 With never ending space.
2-17 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of
2-18 Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an
2-19 appropriate copy of this resolution to Doug Davis, Sr.
Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 05/15/00