|Catalog Number||WF 2078|
|Caption||March's Point airport opening|
This picture of a "hydro aeroplane" was taken at the opening of Fidalgo Island's first airfield on the northern tip of March's Point. It is labeled: "Frostad Plane on a Take Off - Anacortes Airport Opening - July 28 - 1928 - BRADY". It is unknown if Frostad was the owner or if it was a type of float plane.
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.|
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Anacortes, WA
Event - Airfield opening
Transportation - Air
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
Anacortes Civic Club