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Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Early Aviation History in Vancouver

Pearson Field

 
 
Early Aviation History in Vancouver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. Early Aviation History in Vancouver Marker
Inscription. Even before the advent of a U.S. Army Air Service field at Vancouver Barracks in 1921 and the eventual dedication of “Pearson Field” in 1925, aviation had early hallmarks at Vancouver Barracks.

As part of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland, Oregon, eighteen-year-old Lincoln Beachey piloted 23 controlled flights in an airship named the City of Portland.

The flight on September 19, 1905 landed on the parade ground of Vancouver Barracks, where Beachey delivered a letter from the President of the Lewis and Clark Exposition to General Constant Williams, commander of Vancouver Barracks. This was the first powered, controlled flight over the Columbia River, and in the state of Washington.
 
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
 
Location. 45° 37.457′ N, 122° 39.411′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is on E. 5th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is near the Pearson Air Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1115 E 5th St., Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carlton Foster Bond (here, next to this marker); The Chkalov Transpolar Flight
Closeup of picture in lower right of marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. Closeup of picture in lower right of marker
"Civilian aviation pioneers such as Silas Christofferson pictured here in 1912, continued to use Vancouver Barracks as a proving ground. Christofferson flew this early pusher biplane from the Army’s polo grounds, on the expanse of field west of today’s Pearson Field."
The picture provided for the marker courtesy of Pearson Air Museum.
(a few steps from this marker); The Soviet Transpolar Flight of 1937 (a few steps from this marker); Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson (within shouting distance of this marker); The 321st Observation Squadron (1923-1941) (within shouting distance of this marker); First Japanese on the North American Continent (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whose Anchor? (about 800 feet away); U. S. Grant Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. The background picture is captioned, "The airship City of Portland at Vancouver. An earlier accident forced Beachey to use a replacement balloon with the name Gelatine." The picture was provided for the marker courtesy of Pearson Air Museum.
 
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Early Aviation History in Vancouver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
3. Early Aviation History in Vancouver Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,370 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Scot Harkins of Greenbank, Washington. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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