May 30, 2015
A number of people identified the picture above as an early view of The Dalles Municipal Airport in Dallesport. The photograph was taken in the summer of 1950 and is scanned from a 5 by 7 inch negative from the Chronicle archives.
Russ B. said the helicopter on the left is a Sikorsky F-51, model R5, which carried two crew and had a cruise speed of 102 miles per hour. Top speed was 106. The same model of helicopter was used in the movie “Them” produced in the mid 1950s.
Dallesport resident Pauline Coffield lives near the airport, and said not so long ago it hosted United Airlines passenger service, and hopes to do so again.
Carolyn Anderson said her husband worked for the airport for many years, when it was a flight service station.
Gary Conley noted that little has changed at the airport, although there is now far more hanger space.
Stories this photo appears in:
Looking back, June 7, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle
Looking back on May 30, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle
A number of people provided information on this photograph, including Duane McLaughlin, Larry, Sherry and Chris Kaseberg, Terray Harmon, Gary Conley, Daniel, Irene Sullenger, L. Piles, Mark Roth and Mike Phillips. The aerial photograph was taken Dec. 2, 1953, and is labled “By-Pass Route.” Interstate 84 and Highway 197 and The Dalles dam have yet to be built. The photograph was scanned from a 5 by 7 inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.