Wings Over Kingsport


This is the 1938 edition of “Wings Over Kingsport”.  Photographer Richard Alvey took the pictures, mostly in 1937. There are 30 images.  He credits Louis Hilbert and Howard Cooper as his pilots and Kelly and Green for helping prepare the photos for publication.  They were lithographed at Howard-Duckett of Kingsport.
I have had the 1964 “Wings Over Kingsport 2” for years and never expected that I’d find a copy of this one in the wild.
I had Dick Alvey as a guest a couple of times on a radio interview show I hosted back in the ’70s.  He was an interesting guy to talk with.  He gave me permission to use a photograph he’d of Broad Street, taken from the train station tower, as a reference for a pen-and-ink drawing that I later made into a limited edition print.

2 thoughts on “Wings Over Kingsport

  1. Kent McNeer

    For years, I’ve thought about a 21st century version of “Wings”. It would be a nice tribute to Mr. Alvey as well as my father. Alas, time and money…

    Kent (‘Chips’ younger brother) McNeer

    1. Bob Lawrence Post author

      I have often wondered how many shots Alvey took that didn’t make the books. I think his materials are in the Kingsport Library Archives, but they’re probably not really accessible (negatives would have to be scanned). Good and true thought about a 21st century edition. Maybe someone can take of that torch. I’d probably drop it and catch something afire.


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