Flight to the Future after World War II 

AirlinerDuring 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 revenues.

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