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Cumberland, Maryland (Bus and Air Transportation)

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Headquarters of the United States Aviation Air Station, Anacostia, Washington, D.C., landed his plane on Cumberland (Johnson) Heights near Oldtown Road. He was here for the purpose of assisting in locating a municipal landing field in the vicinity.

On October 20, 1924, full development of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce airplane landing station at Mexico Farms below Cumberland was suggested by those interested in the project.

On November 15, 1924, a fine modern aerial observation station, equipped with radio, telegraphic and telephonic service, was under construction by the Aviation Section, U.S. Army, on the landing field at Mexico Farms, five miles south of this City. The landing field was being used at times by government airmen of the Washington to Dayton, Ohio aerial mail route, and by other government and private airmen. During the mid-1920's, there was an airport located on the left side of the McMullen Highway, Route 220, going south.

In 1933, Wiley Post, first man to fly around the world, landed his plane, the "Winnie Mae," at the Cumberland Mexico Farms Airport due to weather conditions.

In 1937, the Municipal Airport was under construction in Wiley Ford, West Virginia. The first flight was in 1938. The Cumberland Airport, now in Mineral County, West Virginia, is in active participation with Allegany County and the City of Cumberland, and the Potomac Highlands Air Port Authority.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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