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Men with Hats Passenger Service Inaugurated Old ‘Bloomington’ Airport, 1931

Men standing in front of Bloomington's first airport, 1931.

The first Bloomington Airport was actually located several miles north of Normal and featured a turf landing field. This October 1, 1931 scene at that field shows a local delegation standing before one of Century Air Lines’ 10-passenger Stinson tri-motor “ships.” The occasion was the inauguration of air passenger service to this area. Alas, the field proved ill-suited for such heavy craft and service was discontinued by the following spring.
This airport was supplanted by the one on the east side of Bloomington, which opened in 1934.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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