Pearson Field: Pioneering Aviation in Vancouver and Portland

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Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - History - 127 pages
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Pearson Field, part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, is one of the oldest continually operating airfields in the United States. From the first arrival of an airship in 1905 and the flying of a plane off the Multnomah Hotel in 1912, Pearson has achieved numerous aviation milestones. The first official interstate airmail landed here in 1912, and during World War I it was the site of the worlds largest spruce mill. Pearson was selected to serve as Portlands first airmail terminal, and two of Americas most notable women pilotsDorothy Hester and Edith Foltzfirst took to the skies from the bustling Vancouver field. Pearson was also in the world spotlight when the 1937 Soviet transpolar flight landed in 1937. After 100 years, Pearson continues to serve as one of the regions preeminent general aviation centers. Pearson Field, part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, is one of the oldest continually operating airfields in the United States. From the first arrival of an airship in 1905 and the flying of a plane off the Multnomah Hotel in 1912, Pearson has achieved numerous aviation milestones. The first official interstate airmail landed here in 1912, and during World War I it was the site of the worlds largest spruce mill. Pearson was selected to serve as Portlands first airmail terminal, and two of Americas most notable women pilotsDorothy Hester and Edith Foltzfirst took to the skies from the bustling Vancouver field. Pearson was also in the world spotlight when the 1937 Soviet transpolar flight landed in 1937. After 100 years, Pearson continues to serve as one of the regions preeminent general aviation centers.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Introduction
7
The Aviation Camp
11
Spruce Will Win the War
23
Alexander Pearson
31
The Military Field
43
The Russians Are Coming
67
The Commercial Field
79
Pacific Air Transport
103
Barnstormers and Parachute Jumpers
111
Pearson Airpark
121
Copyright

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Page 4 - ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to thank the following individuals and organizations, whose contributions made the completion of this volume possible.

About the author (2006)

Author Bill Alley, a certified archivist and historian, is a member of the board of directors of the Pearson Field Historical Society and, in addition to numerous articles on aviation, also penned the script for the award-winning documentary An Air-Minded City. In this volume, he has gathered more than 200 photographs from the Pearson Air Museum and other area repositories to recount a century of aviation at Pearson Field.

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