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.