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Catalog Number WF 2074
Caption March's Point airport opening
Description This picture of a Waco biplane was taken at the opening of Fidalgo Island's first airfield on the northern tip of March's Point. It is labeled: " ' Waco' Biplane - Anacortes Airport Opening - July 28 - 1928, Brady". The plane is lettered, "Bellingham Flying Service."

WF 2074-2099 represent more than just the history of a small airfield and the inauguration of air service to Fidalgo Island. They also signify the island's participation in the global phenomenon ignited by Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight in May 1927. The first "flight" from march's Point, the first area of white settlement on Fidalgo seventy-five years earlier, had taken place almost forty years before. The September 14, 1889 ANACORTES PROGRESS reported, "Professor Carey gave a talk on astronomy at Munk's Hall. Sent up a hot air balloon: quite a success: Rose up 2000' and went to northeast ... came down on Reservation." The June 14, 1928 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that the Kiwanis Club had leased land from Fred March for a 2000' airstrip. The August 2, 1928 issue reported on the airfield's inauguration. 10,000 spectators attended the event and witnessed planes fly in from the Puget Sound region. An "airplane" marriage took place between Richard Fenno and Minnie Kirkman, who exchanged vows during takeoff. The airport was the result of Anacortes Civic Club's year-long efforts to establish an airport on March's Point and thus be at the forefront of the changes brought by air travel which reshaped the regional economy.
Date 1928, July 28.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Event - Airfield opening
Transportation - Air
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms March's Point
Airfield
Airport
Waco biplane
Bellingham Flying Service
Munk's Hall
Kiwanis Club
Anacortes Civic Club
Object Name Print, Photographic