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General Mitchell Field - Milwaukee, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 57.512 W 087° 53.719
16T E 426974 N 4756598
Quick Description: This marker is located in the airport observation area on E Layton Ave in Milwaukee, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2008 7:59:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM4KRQ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
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Long Description:
   On October 29, 1926, Milwaukee County purchased the flying field which Thomas Hamilton had established in 1920 on East Layton Avenue in connection with his propeller business. Northwest Airways inaugurated scheduled passenger service here on July 5, 1927, and that year Hamilton began production of an all metal passenger transport plane adopted by many early airlines.
   Kohler Aviation Corporation provided the missing link in Milwaukee's air network by initiating passenger service across Lake Michigan to Grand Rapids and Detroit on August 31, 1929. Such famous pioneer fliers as Charles A. Lindbergh, Lester Maitland, the Bremen fliers, Wiley Post, and Eddie Rickenbacker visited this field.
   On March 17, 1941, this airport was renamed in honor of General William Mitchell (1879-1936), Milwaukee's famous air power advocate who had also proposed a strong civil aviation as part of the nation's defense.
Erected 1976
Eastern Air Lines
Milwaukee County Historical Society"
County: Milwaukee

Location: Wayside

MarkerID: 221

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