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HR 1445 - Davis, Doug, Sr.; commend
Smith, Tommy (169th)
Status Summary HC: SC: FR: 03/22/00 LA: 03/22/00 H - Passed/Adopted

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A RESOLUTION commending Doug Davis, Sr.; and for other purposes.

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House Action Senate
3/22/00 Read 1st Time
3/22/00 Passed/Adopted
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LC 19 4758 H - Passed/Adopted

HR 1445                                            LC 19 4758 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  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. 
  1-32  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
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