Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lunken Airport

Lunken Airport started in 1925 when Eshelby Lunken of the Grisard Company saw the advantages of having an airfield close to the city. The land that was purchased for the airfield was once the original Columbia settlement from 1788 and sits on the area known as Turkey Bottom. Lunken became Cincinnati’s first official airport and airmail flights started up here as well as commercial, military, and flight school operations. The Embry Riddle Company, which later became Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, got their start here as well as the Metal Aircraft Company, which built the Flamingo airplane here. It is also rumored that American Airlines first started operations here at Lunken.

The control tower at Lunken Airport is the oldest standing control tower in the United States. The main terminal is an Art Deco style building that was completed after the great flood of 1937. Over the years, the airport has seen many famous people such as Charles Lindbergh, The Beatles, and the President of the United States as well as the occasional landing of the Goodyear blimp for sporting events. On the grounds of the airport are an 18-hole golf course, a playground, and a hike/bike trail.

With the completion of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, commercial flights left Lunken field but the airport is still home to private, corporate, charter flights, helicopters, vintage aircraft, and flight schools. Each year, the airport hosts Lunken Aviation Days.

Lunken Airport
262 Wilmer Avenue, East End

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