Stinson Field Terminal Building, San Antonio TX
Stinson Field was established by the Stinson family at this location in 1916. The family were accomplished aviators and had been running a flying school at nearby Fort Sam Houston prior to leasing this 500 acre plot of land from the city of San Antonio. The field was the training sight of many military aviators before, during and after World War I. Charles Lindberg kept an airplane at the field while he was stationed at Brooks Field. The field was briefly known as Windburn Field in memory of a reporter who died in an airplane crash; the field was re-named Stinson Field in 1936. During World War II the field was an Army Air Corps training facility.
In the 1930’s the use of commercial planes as well as air cargo flights had increased. The WPA built this terminal building that enhanced the facility. Although the building was remodeled and expanded in 2006-2008, it still retains much of its original integrity. Stinson Field is the second oldest general aviation airport in continuous operation in the U.S. today, serving light aircraft, individual owners and private aviation companies as an alternative to the much larger San Antonio International Airport.
www.nps.gov/nr/travel/aviation/sti/htm https://www.sanantonio.gov/SSF/History.aspx WPA marker on front of building.
Project originally submitted by Elizabeth Hilburn on January 12, 2014.
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