Flight to the Future after
World War II
World War II, the Oakland Municipal Airport and the San Francisco
Airport both came under military control. At Oakland, all commercial
operations were halted. At San Francisco, however, non-military airlines
were allowed to maintain curtailed schedules. So when the war was over,
San Francisco had a big head start in taking advantage of the booming
growth in commercial aviation. Oakland, however, which had been in first
place in the Bay Area ever since its founding in 1927, dropped to a
distant second place in terms of passengers, cargo, and overall
"Walk Along the Water"
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