Dakota Datebook

Hector Field

Sunday, May 27, 2012

 

Hector Field, Fargo’s Airport, was dedicated on this date in 1931. Twenty years after the first plane flew over Fargo, five thousand of the city’s residents crowded onto the field donated by Martin Hector to take part in the dedication. Walter Hinton of the U.S. Navy spoke to the crowds; Hinton piloted the first transatlantic flight in 1919, was the first person to pilot a plane from North to South America, and was the first to explore the Amazon River from the air. Cash prizes were given to the first pilots landing on the new field, drum and bugle bands performed, and the festivities were capped with a street dance on Broadway. Northwest Airways offered the first passenger service to the city, operating between Minneapolis, Grand Forks, and Winnipeg.

 

Dakota Datebook written by Jayme Job

 

Sources:

http://www.fargoairport.com/history.html

http://earlyaviators.com/ehinton5.htm

http://www.fargo-history.com/transportation/hector-airport1.htm

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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