General Mitchell Field

General Mitchell Field (HMQ0V)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53207 Milwaukee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 57.509', W 87° 53.721'

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On October 29, 1926, Milwaukee County purchased the flying field which Thomas Hamilton had established in 1920 on East Layton Avenue in connection with his propeller business. Northwest Airways inaugurated scheduled passenger service here on July 5, 1927, and that year Hamilton began production of an all metal passenger transport plane adopted by many early airlines.

Kohler Aviation Corporation provided the missing link in Milwaukee's air network by initiating passenger service across Lake Michigan to Grand Rapids and Detroit on August 31, 1929. Such famous pioneer fliers as Charles A. Lindbergh, Lester Maitland, the Bremen fliers, Wiley Post, and Eddie Rickenbacker visited this field.

On March 17, 1941, this airport was renamed in honor of General William Mitchell (1879-1936), Milwaukee's famous air power advocate who had also proposed a strong civil aviation as part of the nation's defense.
HM NumberHMQ0V
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number221
Year Placed1976
Placed ByEastern Air Lines, Milwaukee County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 4:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 426972 N 4756593
Decimal Degrees42.95848333, -87.89535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 57.509', W 87° 53.721'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 57' 30.54" N, 87° 53' 43.26" W
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Area Code(s)414
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1361-1387 E Layton Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207, US
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