Piedmont Airlines lives on in new DVD

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    As a child, Richard Eller used to pass by Smith Reynolds Airport on his way to and from his home near Walkertown and see the Piedmont Airlines planes there.
    "I saw the Piedmont planes at the airport and became a fan," said Eller, who is now the chairman of the social sciences department and a history instructor at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
    As an adult, he wrote a book on Piedmont, the Winston-Salem based airline that was bought out by US Air, now US Airways, in an acquisition that was completed in 1989. Eller's book, "The Complete History of Piedmont Airlines," was published in 2008.
    Now the book has been turned into a documentary called "Speedbird: A History of Piedmont Airlines." Speedbird is a nickname that was given to the Piedmont logo, which resembled a bird.
    Eller spoke to about 20 people Sunday at a meeting of the Forsyth County Historical Association and showed them the movie, which was produced in association with the video production department at CVCC.
    "Speedbird" will be shown later this year on UNC-TV, and will eventually be available on DVD.
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