Timeline 2018-05-04T11:57:51+00:00
Good Will Tour, 1929

EXPLORE THE AIRPORT’S STORIED PAST

Check out this timeline highlighting many of the defining moments that established Iowa Municipal Airport’s place in aviation history.

1910

1910

TAKING FLIGHT

Captain Baldwin flew his plane, Red Devil, at the Johnson County fairgrounds in front of a large crowd and landed at the future location of the Iowa City Municipal Airport.

Baldwin Collage with portrait, newspaper clipping and photo of him flying over bridge

1920

1920

FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL AIRMAIL FLIGHT

Planes began delivering mail across the states. Limited to flying only during the daytime, early airmail at first was not an advantage over train-delivered mail.

Check out the pilot’s book of landmarks here.

1920

A PIG TOOK FLIGHT

Iowa City became the only stop during the very first airmail flight from Chicago to Omaha. On the return journey, the pilot flew with a live 10-pound piglet (the very first piece of mail).

1921

1921

JACK KNIGHT

With the goal of having a coast-to-coast airmail system that would connect the country, Jack Knight was part of a relay team that flew 2,629 miles, guided by gasoline drums, railroad flares and the burning light of day. Knight ushered in a new era of progress by proving that airmail could travel through dark of night and bad weather.

To learn more on the history of Jack Knight’s historic night, please visit the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum’s website. 

image courtesy of The Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Jack Knight Collage showing flight log, aerial mail service pin, uniform and group photo

1927

First commercial flight collage featuring Jane Ead flying on boeing plane

1927

FIRST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

In 1927, Boeing flew Jane Eads, a reporter for the Chicago Herald and sole passenger, from Chicago to Iowa City. This started the era of commercial aviation for the Iowa City Municipal Airport.

To learn more about the first commercial flight, please visit Boeing’s website.

image courtesy of Boeing, boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2002/july/i_history.html

1939

1939-1944

WW2 AND PAUL SHAW

From 1939-1944, Paul Shaw, the owner of the airport, along with his flight instructors, helped the war effort by training over 2,500 pilots. With a strong relationship with the University of Iowa, they were able to train a generation of pilots. The last cadets entered pre-flight school on May 11,1944. The school closed in August 1944.

To learn more about Eastern Iowa’s impact on aviation and WW2, please check out this book.

image courtesy of The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
images on right courtesy of Eastern Iowa’s Aviation Heritage By Scott M. Fisher
Paul Shaw WW2 collage showing pre-flight school tapestry, plane, group photo and navy pin

1959

Ozark Airlines Collage with stamp, seal, route map, plane and luggage tag

1959

OZARK AIRLINES

During the dawn of the Jet Age, United Airlines left Iowa City in favor of consolidating its presence in the Cedar Rapids Airport. After United left, Ozark Airlines took over as the primary commuter airline. Ozark held on for 13 years, but struggled to remain profitable. In 1972, the U.S. Postal Service pulled out of Iowa City to consolidate in Cedar Rapids.

images courtesy of  worldairlinenews.files.wordpress.com

1960

1960-1997

THE E.K. JONES YEARS

E.K. Jones helped save the airport after commercial aviation left the field. The airport became a general aviation airport, as it is today, offering services like flight instruction, charter services, and maintenance.

images courtesy of  newspapers.com
E.K. Jones collage with newspaper clipping, plane illustration, signature and diagram of the airport runways

2018

1998-PRESENT

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

After a few years in flux between different owners, Jet Air Inc., became the FBO of the airport. Currently, the airport is thriving. With a great array of services, including medical flights, pilot training, aircraft repair, and charter services, we’re looking forward to serving the greater Iowa City community, businesses and families for the next 100 years and beyond.

images courtesy of  The Gazette, Cedar Rapids Iowa
and the Experimental Aircraft Association
Charter services, hangar space, medical air support, research and youth aviation

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