Airport – Beverly MA

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), in conjunction with the War Department, developed Beverly Airport in Massachusetts. WPA project details: “Construct municipal airport” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐14‐265 Total project cost: $168,866.00 Sponsor: War Department “Construct runways at airport” Official Project Number:… read more

Airport – Fitchburg MA

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), in conjunction with the War Department, developed Fitchburg Airport in Massachusetts. WPA project details (referred to as ‘Leominster’): “Improve municipal airport” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐14‐260 Total project cost: $121,270.00 Sponsor: War Department “Make improvements to airport”… read more

Airport (closed) – Jellico TN

Tennessee Encyclopedia: “Some of Tennessee’s largest WPA projects reflected the arrival of the age of flight. WPA workers helped complete landing fields and airports at Jellico, Cookeville, Lebanon, Jackson, and Milan.” The location of the facility, which has long closed,… read more

Airport Development – Claremont NH

The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted a development / improvement program at what is now known Claremont Municipal Airport. “Develop and improve municipal airport” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐13‐18 Total project cost: $118,235.00 Sponsor: War Department “Improve airport” Official Project Number: 265‐1‐13‐13… read more

Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport – Auburn ME

Aerial View of the Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport - Auburn ME

A 1940 Maine State Legislature report records the Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport was one of 6 airports considered important for national defense by the State Defense Commission in 1940 and that construction was undertaken by the WPA. Developed under FERA, it… read more

Bangor International Airport – Bangor ME

Dow Army Air Field

 Created in 1927 as a commercial airport named Godfrey Field. In 1940 the Maine State Defense Commission considered 6 airports priority for use as military bases, Bangor being a key one. A 1940 Maine State Legislature report records that construction… read more