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Port of Schenectady, Glenville, NY

Schenectady County Airport

On February 1, 1927, the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce told the public that in a year an airport would be developed. It was named the Schenectady County Airport and opened with dirt runways. On August 30, 1927, contracts were made to pave the four dirt runways, which were completed by the end of year. Many famous people flew there, including Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

The airport now includes Stratton Air National Guard Base. It is the home of the 109th Tactical Airlift Group. Today, there is a museum to look at with different planes and facts, called the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. The clue photo shows a replica cockpit of Amelia Earhart's plane.

Written by Megan Purtell
Photography by Carter Sullivan-Irwin and Paula Carosella

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