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Raleigh Municipal Airport

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Opened  September 1929
Passenger services ceased  1943
Closed  1973
Time zone  America/Eastern (-5)
Raleigh Municipal Airport
Focus city for  Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh Municipal Airport was an airfield south of Raleigh, North Carolina which operated from 1929 through its closing in 1973. It was originally established by the Curtiss Wright Flying Service as Curtis Field and later leased to the city, constructed by the Works Progress Administration.

The airport consisted of 5 runways, the longest 3,200 feet (980 m), and a hangar with "Raleigh" painted in large letters on the roof.

Amelia Earhart visited in 1931 to christen a new aircraft for Curtiss Wright.

In 1932, Eastern Air Transport which later became Eastern Airlines, began mail and passenger service between New York and Miami. In 1933 Curtiss Wright Flying Service went bankrupt and the city leased the property hiring Serv-Air to service the airport and operate a flying school in a rededication ceremony on October 4, 1934. By 1934 the airport had 3 runways made of clay, sand and grass, the longest was 3,475 feet (1,059 m). The airport also maintained a weather bureau station.

Surrounded by highways, a railroad and a cemetery, the airport was unable to expand to meet increasing demands for air travel, especially those from the military as World War II loomed. The airport was used for army training in 1940 and an anti-aircraft battery was installed. "The ladies of the neighborhood lavished the soldiers with pies and cakes." according to a 12-year-old boy at the time. Commercial flights were moved to the newly Army constructed Raleigh-Durham Airport 12 miles to the north.


Raleigh Municipal Airport Wikipedia

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