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Near Jackson Center in Shelby County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Korn Field Airport

 
 
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By Michael Baker, November 18, 2014
1. Korn Field Airport Marker
Inscription. The first airport in Shelby County and one of the earliest in Ohio was opened July, 1908, by the Korn brothers, Edward and Milton. Here they built their second plane in their father's barn and successfully flew this plane on July 2, 1911. The barn is now pawrt of this factory. They flew the length of the field, a half mile in a half minute and landed safely. Their plane was a pusher-type monoplane with a 34-foot wing span,40 horsepower, water cooled, 4 cylinder, 2-cycle engine, and weighed 650 pounds.

The brother then built a French-designed Benoist plane, which is on display in the Smithsonian Institute Auxiliary Museum,Sutland, Maryland. On August 13, 1913 they crashed their plane in a filed near here and Milt was killed. After a two-year absence from flying, Ed was testing a seaplane when he crashed into the water of Lake St. Clair, Michigan. This ended his flying career and he became a chiropractor.

Korn Field was later operated by a younger brother, Arlington Korn, It was used by the Flying Farmers organization, and following World War II, pilots were trained here under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

Presently, the six-acre complex is owned by Wayne Korn, who operates Creative Plastics, Inc.
 
Erected 2001 by Shelby County Historical Society.
 
Location.
Korn Field Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 18, 2014
2. Korn Field Airport Marker
40° 25.071′ N, 84° 5.114′ W. Marker is near Jackson Center, Ohio, in Shelby County. Marker is on Snider Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18163 Snider Road, Jackson Center OH 45334, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lois Lenski (approx. 5 miles away); John W. Carey (approx. 5 miles away); Port Jefferson School Bell (approx. 6 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 6.5 miles away); Beehive Community Church (approx. 6.7 miles away); Wenger One Room School (approx. 6.8 miles away); Seneca Council House / Indian Reservation (approx. 7.9 miles away); Rumley (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Korn Field Airport. In the lobby of the factory at this site are many framed photographs on the walls.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Korn Field Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 18, 2014
3. Korn Field Airport Marker
Korn Field Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 18, 2014
4. Korn Field Airport Marker
Korn Field Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 18, 2014
5. Korn Field Airport Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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