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Falcon Heights in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A Century in the Sky

 
 
Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 2, 2021
1. Marker
Inscription.  
From this location, you would look east down a dirt runway and open fields, viewing aviation pioneers...

Sept. 26, 1920: Capt. Ray S. Miller of the Minnesota National Guard piloted a Curtiss Oriole biplane from Curtiss Field. This began a daring 7-day journey to Washington D.C. to lobby military leaders and congress for aviation funding and a dedicated flying unit to serve Minnesota.

Jan. 17, 1921: The Militia Bureau authorized the 109th Observation Squadron, the first federally recognized aviation unit in the National Guard. The same authorization named Capt. Ray S. Miller as the unit's first Squadron Commander.

Sept. 26, 2020: Still in existence, the 109th Airlift Squadron is the direct descendant and part of the 133rd Airlift Wing (Minnesota Air National Guard), at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Dedicated on the 100th Anniversary of the first flight by the 133rd Airlift Wing in recognition of "A Century in the Sky".

This plaque was donated by the Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation in appreciation to all Airmen, past and
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present, serving the Minnesota Air National Guard.
 
Erected 2020 by Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical date for this entry is September 26, 1920.
 
Location. 44° 59.372′ N, 93° 9.989′ W. Marker is in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is on Snelling Avenue north of Hoyt Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located in Curtiss Field Park, which is accessible from side streets to the east of Snelling Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1551 Iowa Ave W, Saint Paul MN 55113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Curtiss Northwest Airport and its Fliers (within shouting distance of this marker); Curtiss Northwest Airport – Serving the Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Extending the U (approx. 0.8 miles away); Como Zoo Today (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Glasshouse Becomes a Reality (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sparky Show & Toby the Tortoise (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Zoo Expands (approx. 0.9 miles away); Growing in Minnesota (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falcon Heights.
 
Additional keywords. A Century in the Sky
 
Marker beside sidewalk along Snelling Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 2, 2021
2. Marker beside sidewalk along Snelling Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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