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Photo from The Delaware County Advocate - October 1940; courtesy of Harvey S. Martin
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|History:||The Buckman Airport
originated in the early 1930's on the west side of Highland Ave. It was built and operated
by Norman Smith.
Buckman Airport closed some time in the late 1950's.
From the Chester Times Year Book for 1949:
From The Delaware County Advocate - October 1940
Federal Government appropriations for civil airport expansion linked to defense plans, have included an allotment for Chester of $613,500. It is expected that Buckman Airport, shown below, on the northwestern edge of the city, will be the subject for expansion and improvement. It is situated directly on the radio beam of several present airlines, and would be convenient for military as well as civil emergency landings.
"Buckman Airport was and still is (in memory only) my family's legacy in aviation. Before the airport existed it was farmland owned by my father's great-grandparents, the Boyd's. Norman Smith use to barnstorm there long before the airport. On one of his ferrying trips he stopped there and met a young boy who had been riding his horse through the field. This meeting was the beginning of not only the airport but a great friendship between this boy (the instrument) and the pilot (his mentor). Their chance meeting changed both their lives forever. The boy sold rides for Mr. Smith as well as taking care of his airplane. He later became a mechanic and pilot. When he was able he joined the CAPs and then the US Army were he became a flight instructor. When be returned home Buckman Airport had become very successful and this man had helped to make it all possible for without him the airport property would never have been acquired by Mr. Smith. This man is my father Albert W. Brown (Brownie) and he has a story to be told. He is a wealth of information about those early days when flying was considered a great risk and only attempted by daredevils."
- Sheri A. Brown (daughter)
For more of the history of Buckman Airport, see:
"I lived at 912 East 16th in Sun Hill when I was in grade school. Every
afternoon I would hear and then see the mail plane that had picked up the mail pouch. I believe that the pouch was suspended from two poles. The
aircraft would hook the cable attached to the pouch and just about the time
- Rodger Phillips, OILEDOUT@AOL.COM
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