April 1 in San Antonio history…

air-conditioned buses

1915 – World War I
Over Dixmude, Belgium on the Western Front, Lt. Roland Garros, the first French pilot to outfit his plant with a machine gun, shoots down his first victim, a German Albatros.  The era of the fighter plane has begun.

1947
The San Antonio Transit Company begins putting into service their new fleet of 50 air-conditioned city buses.  The Alamo city is the first city in the world to have air-conditioned metropolitan buses.  They even offer free rides on a downtown loop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

1969
The San Antonio Express reports that the first Ford Maverick was presented to San Antonio’s Jim Maverick, grandson of Samuel Maverick, the famous Texan from whom the car gets its name.  The car will be officially introduced to the market by Ford dealerships throughout the nation on April 17.

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