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

Bert Mooney Airport Improvements – Butte MT

Then known as Butte Municipal Airport, the CWA, FERA, and WPA each contributed toward the finishing of the “best equipped landing field in the state.” The Big Timber, MT Pioneer reported in Sept. 1937: “Definite plans were completed for the… read more

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Development – Birmingham AL

Established in 1931, the airport now known as Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was the site of substantial work relief efforts on the part of multiple New Deal agencies: the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). A 1931 documents… read more

Bowles-Airport (demolished) Development – Agawam MA

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), in conjunction with the War Department, developed a “municipal airport” in Agawam, Massachusetts. Living New Deal believes that the airport in question is most likely Bowles-Agawam Airport, a facility with a fascinating history that involved multiple… read more

Brunswick Executive Airport – Brunswick ME

The Brunswick airport was originally built in 1935 by the Maine Emergency Relief Administration, a state division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration after a survey of airports in the state by Capt. Harry M. Jones with the intention of… read more

Chandler Field/Fresno Municipal Airport – Fresno CA

Chandler Field Plaque

"Funds from the WPA were used to construct four buildings and upgrade airfield infrastructure at Chandler Field in 1936-1937. An Administration Building (terminal), Administration Building annex, bathroom building and electrical control building, in varying styles, were added under this campaign…. read more

Charleston Field – Charleston SC

The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted construction and other improvement work at Charleston Field, today the joint military-civilian airfield site of Charleston Field [Joint Base Charleston] and Charleston International Airport. “During the 1930s, airport operations expanded to keep pace… read more