Corvallis Municipal Airport

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After a 1939 vote approved an airport bond measure, the city of Corvallis purchased 491 acres 5 miles south of town. The federal government offered funds for airport construction if the city agreed to a military takeover in the event of way. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Army Corps of Engineers took over and built two long runways (later increased to three), a control tower and other buildings. Light observation planes and medium bombers were housed in hangars and used in anti-submarine patrol and in training exercises.

This overhead view shows the airport and identifies 1) the hangar, 2) the control tower, 3) the machine shop 4) the parachute drying loft and 5) the water tower.


Photo by Valley Flying Service, Inc


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Philomath, Oregon

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