“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Sierra Sky Park

America's first aviation community

Sierra Sky Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, May 26, 2006
1. Sierra Sky Park Marker
Inscription. Established October 23, 1946 as America's first aviation community. Through the efforts of Wm. and Doris Smilie, 130 acres of rolling "hog-wallow" and hardpan were transformed into a public use airport, with a sod runway, connecting taxi-way and extra wide streets. This combination would set the precedent for hundreds of similar communities through out the United States and the world. It would allow aviation oriented families to experience the dream of having an aircraft in their own yards and the camaraderie of neighbors with similar dreams.
Erected 1996 by Jim Savage Chapter 1852, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 50.357′ N, 119° 52.169′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on North Doolittle Drive 0.1 miles north of West Spaatz Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. North Doolittle and West Spaatz are both streets fully contained within the boundaries of Sierra Sky Park. The marker is below the berm landing strip along Doolittle Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Fresno CA 93722, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the
Sierra Sky Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 15, 2005
2. Sierra Sky Park Marker
crow flies. Forestiere Underground Gardens (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Washington (approx. 6.9 miles away); Fresno Memorial Auditorium (approx. 8.3 miles away); Fresno Corridor of Flags Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away); Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch (approx. 8.3 miles away); George M. Bowman (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Fresno Water Tower (approx. 8.3 miles away); Viva Liberation (approx. 8.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fresno.
Also see . . .  Youtube video of Sierra Sky Park including a view of the historical marker. (Submitted on October 28, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
Categories. Air & Space
Sierra Sky Park dedications image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 5, 1996
3. Sierra Sky Park dedications
Members of E Clampus Vitus pose behind the marker during the dedication in 1996.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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