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Curtiss-Wright Hangar

 
 
Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 6, 2012
1. Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker
Inscription. (Front text)
This hangar, built in 1929 by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, was the first building at Owens Field, a municipal airport then 3 mi. S of the city limits. Curtiss-Wright built and operated numerous airports across America for the next two decades, also offering flight training. The airport, named for Mayor Lawrence B. Owens (1869-1941), was dedicated in 1930 with an airshow seen by 15, 000 spectators.
(Reverse text)
Regularly scheduled flights began in 1932, and civilian flight training began in 1939. Observation flights of the U.S. Army Air Corps began in 1940, and military training by the U.S. Army Air Force continued through World War II and beyond. In 1962 the city transferred the airport to Richland County, which has owned and operated it since. This hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
 
Erected 2012 by The Richland County Airport Commission. (Marker Number 40-173.)
 
Location. 33° 58.614′ N, 81° 0.096′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Jim Hamilton Blvd near Airport Blvd, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 6, 2012
2. Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker, reverse side
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The "Columbiad" Cannon (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Columbia Racetrack (approx. 1½ miles away); Shandon (approx. 1½ miles away); Redfern Field / Paul R. Redfern (approx. 1½ miles away); Paul R. Redfern (approx. 1.6 miles away); African-American Heroes of the 371st Regiment (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Boys of Richland County (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gladden Home Site (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Regarding Curtiss-Wright Hangar. National Register of Historic Places:
Curtiss--Wright Hangar ** (added 1998 - - #98000418)
Also known as Owens Field Municipal Airport Hangar
1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. , Columbia
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Curtiss Flying Services
♦ Architectural Style: Other
♦ Area of Significance: Transportation, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Local
♦ Historic Function: Transportation
♦ Historic Sub-function: Air-Related


(Owens Field Municipal Airport Hangar) The Curtis-Wright Hangar, the first building erected at Owens Field in 1929, represents the contributions of air transportation
Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker, looking west along Jim Hamilton Blvd. near Airport Blvd image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 6, 2012
3. Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker, looking west along Jim Hamilton Blvd. near Airport Blvd
to the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina. The hangar grew and changed along with the airport and aviation history. It was first used to house airplanes for passenger and airmail services, then became the headquarters of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, later was used as
space for the civilian flight training program, and finally was used for general aircraft maintenance. During the 1930s, Owens Field had the distinction of hosting many well-known aviators and personalities, including Amelia Earhart and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Curtiss-Wright Hangar is a running bond gray brick structure with a metal-clad barrel roof and is similar in style to other airport hangars built in the twenties. The hangar has a main open storage area for airplanes, which is flanked on either side by flat-roofed wings. The central storage area is about two stories in height, and has a clearance of approximately twenty feet beneath the steel roof girders. Listed in the National Register April 30, 1998.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Also see . . .  Columbia Star - The Curtiss–Wright. hangar was built in 1929, when Owens Field was the Columbia airport. As the area’s primary operating terminal until the 60s, Owens Field ushered visitors, including some notable ones, into the Richland
Curtiss-Wright Hangar, Housing a vintage B-25, and Marker (left) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 6, 2012
4. Curtiss-Wright Hangar, Housing a vintage B-25, and Marker (left)
County area. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhardt, Jimmy Doolittle, along with Glenn Curtiss and the Wright Brothers, all walked through the Curtiss–Wright Hangar. (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Marker
Although printed and casted 2011, the marker was erected in 2012
    — Submitted May 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Curtiss-Wright Hangar with a B-25, nose first and Marker, at right, 2012 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 6, 2012
5. Curtiss-Wright Hangar with a B-25, nose first and Marker, at right, 2012
Curtiss-Wright Hangar with a B-25 , tail first, in 2011 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2011
6. Curtiss-Wright Hangar with a B-25 , tail first, in 2011
vintage B–25 from World War II, rescued from the bottom of Lake Greenwood, fills most of the space in the old hangar.
Curtiss-Wright Hangar's B-25, nose first image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 6, 2012
7. Curtiss-Wright Hangar's B-25, nose first
Curtiss-Wright Hangar, rear view (streetside) image. Click for full size.
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1998
8. Curtiss-Wright Hangar, rear view (streetside)
Curtiss-Wright Hangar Interior image. Click for full size.
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1998
9. Curtiss-Wright Hangar Interior
Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker, seen along Jim Hamilton Blvd image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 26, 2011
10. Curtiss-Wright Hangar Marker, seen along Jim Hamilton Blvd
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9, 10. submitted on May 7, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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