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Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

McIntyre Airport

SE corner of Admiral Place and Sheridan Road

 

Tulsa's Historic Route 66

 
McIntyre Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. McIntyre Airport Marker
Inscription.  Duncan McIntyre: "Father of Tulsa Aviation" was a former Air Force instructor and military barnstormer. In 1919, as he was on his way to Spokane, Washington, he decided to stop in Tulsa to visit an old war buddy. He ended up staying here until 1940 and made commercial aviation a reality in Tulsa. McIntyre quickly realized that oil-booming Tulsa was ripe for starting an aviation business. He and another pilot, Bert Brookins, rented part of the Curtis Southwest Airplane Field and called it an airport. He began offering sight-seeing tours over the city and round trips to Houston, TX. He soon had enough money to purchase 80 acres at Admiral Place and Sheridan Road. With 3 hangars, offering sales, service, and repair, the McIntyre Airport was official.

Within a few short years the McIntyre airport was considered by many early flyers to be one of the finest airports in Oklahoma. With its sod runway and fields, this airport was chosen as the site for a military fly-In in 1925. The Army and Navy brought approximately 35-40 aircraft to the site, including the all-aluminum Hamilton fighter plane (U.S. Army) and the Vought Naval aircraft.

Airport was on right area of marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. Airport was on right area of marker.

On September 30, 1927 Tulsa aviation history was made when Charles Lindbergh, fresh from his non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, landed The Spirit of St. Louis at the Mclntyre Airport. Schools and businesses closed for "Lindbergh Day" in Tulsa and thousands turned out to cheer. Lindbergh spoke with Cyrus Avery and other business leaders such as Warren Skelly and J. Paul Getty who quickly realized the need for Tulsa to have a more formal airport. Business and civic leaders led a bond effort and in 1928 the Tulsa Municipal Airport opened.

D.A. McIntyre moved to California in 1940 to take a job with Lockheed. He returned to Tulsa once more in 1961, to dedicate the new terminal that would be renamed Tulsa International Airport.
 
Erected 2019 by Tulsa Route 66 Commission. (Marker Number 18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
 
Location. 36° 9.64′ N, 95° 54.304′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of East Admiral Place and South Sheridan Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Admiral Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6342 East Admiral Place, Tulsa OK 74115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cyrus Avery (approx. 0.9 miles

McIntyre Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
3. McIntyre Airport Marker
away); Rose Bowl Lanes (approx. one mile away); Admiral Place (approx. 2 miles away); Wolf Robe Hunt's Indian Trading Post (approx. 2.1 miles away); International Petroleum Exposition (approx. 2.4 miles away); The University of Tulsa. (approx. 2.4 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bama Pie Company (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Duncan A. McIntyre. (Submitted on November 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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