Vernon Cleophas Omlie (1895-1936) Phebe Fairgrave Omlie (1902-1975)Vernon Omlie, a flight instructor during World War I, and Phoebe Fairgrave began barnstorming in the Midwest in 1921. They landed in Memphis a year later, married and opened the first commercial aviation company in Memphis, Mid-South Airways, Inc. offered charters, cargo transport, aerial photography, crop dusting, and flight training. The Onlies taught hundreds to fly, including the author William Faulkner and his brothers. The Omlies and the Memphis Aero Club leased a field at Woodstock and established the first airport in the Memphis area, Armstrong Field, in 1927, Mid-South Airways offered $60 roundtrip flights to Chicago. Charles Lindbergh landed at Armstrong Field on his nationwide tour after flying the Atlantic.
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 5:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 227993 N 3882714|
|Decimal Degrees||35.05053333, -89.98221667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 3.032', W 89° 58.933'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 3' 1.92" N, 89° 58' 55.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Jim McGehee Pkwy, Memphis TN 38116, US|
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