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Cyrus R. Smith

American Airlines

1934 - 1968

Transportation

Military ServiceAir Force
1930 b. 1899
male
Personal
Born-Died1899 - 1990
BirthplaceTexas (TX)
RaceWhite
FatherDeceased / Absent
Era - 1930

Praised by his employees at American, Smith led the passenger transport revolution in the airline industry. Under Smith’s guidance, American became the first airline to use the popular DC-3 planes in 1936, allowing the carrier to turn its first profit. Throughout his time at American, Smith kept the airline on the cutting edge of the industry with his patronage of new aviation technology, helping American become one of the largest airline carriers in the nation.