Aviation in Southern Oregon

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Medford, Oregon, pioneered aviation in Southern Oregon and has long enjoyed a reputation for being an air-minded city. When the City of Medford built Newell Barber Field in 1920, it established the first municipally owned airfield in the state. In 1926, Pacific Air Transport selected Medford as a station for the West Coast airmail route. While Portland's airmail service was located across the river at Vancouver's Pearson Field in Washington, Medford's Newell Barber Field was Oregon's only airmail stop. The 1920s secured Medford's position as a leader in the growth of both civil and commercial aviation. When technology rendered the original field obsolete, the voters handily approved a new, state-of-the-art field that has continued to expand and grow into a major international airport and free trade zone, capable of accommodating some of the world's largest aircrafts.
ISBN: 9780738581910
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of Aviation
Images: 182
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Bill Alley is the manager and curator at the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington. The Southern Oregon Historical Society has been the premier repository of that region's rich heritage for more than half a century. The society's massive archive of manuscripts, maps, films, and photographs is used extensively in this book.
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