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Cliff Henderson: Visionary Leader


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Cliff Henderson's biography covers over eighty years of one man's fascinating life. His contributions to aviation were phenomenal. Building a prosperous city in the middle of the desert – exemplary. Cliff seized opportunities when he saw them and transformed them into reality. As Managing Director for the National Air Races, Cliff created a "laboratory of the industry" which provided an international platform for faster airplanes, more reliable motors, and safer transportation. Under his guidance, new world records were set and the public was entertained. Thousands returned each year to witness the daring, the spectacular, and the thrills provided by the National Air Races. In 1945, Cliff envisioned a city that would have the "smartest address in the American desert." Less than 20 years later, the city of Palm Desert had arrived. Palm trees lined picturesque neighborhoods, filled with homes belonging to the "elite of society". El Paseo, the main thoroughfare through town and occupied by exclusive shops, rivaled Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive. Cliff"s "town of promise and expectancy" was a reality. 

About the author

A dedicated aviation historian, Barbara Schultz is the author of four books on aviation: Pancho: The Biography of Florence Lowe Barnes, Wedell-Williams Air Service, Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens, and Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying

Articles written for the American Aviation Historical Journal document the contributions of Estonian aviatrix Elvy Kalep; Elizabeth Ulysses Grant McQueen, founder of the Women’s International Aviation Association; and James Granger, founder of the Pacific School of Aviation at Clover Field, Santa Monica. Documentaries in which she has been involved are Breaking Through the Clouds, The Katherine Cheung Story, and The Happy Bottom Riding Club.

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Barbara H. Schultz
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