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

Pearson Airfield

AIAA Historic Aerospace Site

 
 
Pearson Airfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Pearson Airfield Marker
Inscription.  Pearson Field is the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest operating airports in the United States. It served as a major military airfield in the interwar years. In 1905, a dirigible originating from the nearby Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition landed at Fort Vancouver Polo grounds, initiating an enduring and illustrious connection to aeronautics and record-breaking endurance flights. Starting in 1923, the airport played a key role in the development of U.S. Air Power and general aviation in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Erected 2012 by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites series list.
 
Location. 45° 37.453′ N, 122° 39.396′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is on 5th Street 0.1 miles west of Reserve Street, on the left when traveling west. Located at the Pearson Air Museum. Touch for map.
Pearson Airfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Pearson Airfield Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carlton Foster Bond (a few steps from this marker); Early Aviation History in Vancouver (a few steps from this marker); The Chkalov Transpolar Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); The Soviet Transpolar Flight of 1937 (within shouting distance of this marker); The 321st Observation Squadron (1923-1941) (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson (within shouting distance of this marker); Whose Anchor? (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); U. S. Grant Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pearson Field and Pearson Air Museum. (Submitted on July 20, 2020.)
2. AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites. There were 58 plaques dedicated by AIAA between 2000 and 2013. Some have not been installed yet, including one for Tranquility Base - The Moon. (Submitted on November 19, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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