Images of Aviation: Boeing Field by Cory
Even before there were runways, the area south
of the city of Seattle was Washington’s aviation hub. Charles Hamilton, a
daredevil dubbed “Crazy Man of the Air,” became the first flyer in the state
when he coaxed his Curtiss biplane into the sky over Meadows Racetrack in 1910.
He promptly crashed. With the help of William Boeing and his growing aviation
company, Boeing Field opened in 1928. In those early days, brave air travelers
could hitch a ride along with bags of mail in cold, noisy biplanes. Bigger,
better aircraft soon followed, but wartime intervened. Thousands of Flying
Fortress bombers emerged from Boeing’s Plant 2 at the edge of the airfield and
winged off to war. In the years after, Boeing Field served a dazzling array of
winged machines—from the smallest Piper Cub to Air Force One.