Aviation

The history and development of the Bluegrass Airport parallels and mirrors the evolution of air travel in dozens of cities throughout the United States.  Discovery of aviation and second- hand accounts of thrilling exploits by early aviators captured the...

In 1940, Lexington Mayor T. Ward Havely led the planning for a new full service airfield for Lexington.  More than a dozen sites were reviewed, before selecting a farm on Versailles Road opposite Keeneland, five miles west of Lexington.  In May 1940, Mayor Havely filed an application with the Work Progress Administration for Federal funding.  On December 1, 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Administration approved the...

With the development of larger multi-engine aircrafts and the restrictions on runway lengths, Halley Field quickly become obsolete.  The Lexington Board of Commerce appointed an Airport Committee to development a larger airport for Lexington.

Aerial view...

In August 1910, the highlight of the Blue Grass Fair was the first aircraft flights[1] in Lexington and Central Kentucky.  Glenn H. Curtiss, of the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, demonstrated his Curtiss Aeroplane at the fair....

In 1921, Meadowthorpe Field was established as the first official airport in Lexington.  The field consisted of a flat pasture, surrounded by fences and telephone poles.  There was no landing strip, planes took off into the wind across the pasture.  The field was located on the Meadowthorpe Farm[1], owned by...

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