I am Paul Lagasse, a full-time freelance generalist writer/editor with a lifelong interest in the history of aviation. Line of Position will be the online home of my research into the life and work of Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, USN, widely recognized as the founder of air navigation.
I have a BA and MA in history as well as an MLS in archival studies. For my Master’s thesis I wrote what is probably still the definitive history of Westinghouse Electric’s jet engine R&D and manufacturing program 1940-1960. (One of the advantages of picking a topic related to an all-but-forgotten chapter of technology and business history is that it allows you to be able to still call your thesis “definitive” twenty years later!)
Topics that I will cover here include the biography of Captain Weems and other pioneers of air navigation; the history of maritime, air, and space navigation; books, articles, and other scholarship of interest; and conferences and events related to the history of air navigation. You can read more about Line of Position on the About page.
Welcome! I hope that Line of Position will eventually become a hub for people who share an interest in the history of air navigation. Please feel free to leave a comment and share links of interest. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who has an interest in the history of air navigation!