Meacham Field Historical

Meacham Field Historical (HM1TVD)

Location: Fort Worth, TX 76106 Tarrant County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 48.313', W 97° 21.354'

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On July 3, 1925, the Fort Worth city council approved a lease on 100 acres of property on Decatur Road for the city's new municipal airport. It was built to replace the city's first municipal airport at Barron Field, a World War I-era flying training field near Everman. After passage of the Air Mail Act (Kelly Act) in 1925, airlines began flying the mail over Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes. As headquarters of the 11th district of the U.S. Post Office Railway Mail Service, Fort Worth offered an ideal location to tie together ground and air distribution. On May 12, 1926, National Air Transport Co. (later United Airlines) flew the field's first air mail flight to Chicago.

On July 16, 1927, the airport's name changed to Meacham Field, in honor of former Mayor H. C. Meacham. Soon several airlines began to offer passenger service on the CAM routes. By 1931, the airport had expanded to 280 acres. On April 4, 1937, Meacham Field's new Art Moderne Terminal (the first air-conditioned passenger terminal in the U.S.) and control tower were dedicated.

During World War II, in April 1943, American Airlines was awarded a contract to train U. S. Navy pilots at the airport on the Douglas R4D (DC-3) transport. In May 1943, the navy commissioned the airport as a naval auxiliary air facility and established a ferry service unit to coordinate
cross-country fighter and torpedo bomber deliveries to the pacific and seaplane ferrying services at nearby Lake Worth. When Fort Worth International Airport opened in April 1953, commercial airline operations moved there. Afterward, Meacham Field Developed into one of the world's leading airports for general and corporate aviation, flight training and aircraft repair.

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Year Placed2015
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 653930 N 3630890
Decimal Degrees32.80521667, -97.35590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 48.313', W 97° 21.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 48' 18.78" N, 97° 21' 21.24" W
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Area Code(s)817, 682
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3300 Ross Ave, Fort Worth TX 76106, US
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