Norton Airfield- Columbus, Ohio

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This picture was given to me by my grandmother, and was apparently taken sometime during the second world war. I don't know a whole lot about Norton Field except that it was operated by my great grandparents, who trained navigators(?) for the military during the war. On the left is a row of taxicabs operated by my great grandfather, and the row of planes on the right belonged to my great grandmother's flight school. Both of my grandparents on that side of the family received training through solo in Piper Cubs at this field. Tom and I must have gotten the aviation bug from them, even if it skipped a generation.

Since I first created this page, I've received a number of replies from various people associated with either the airfield or the Whitehall area of Columbus in which it was located. From what I've been able to gather, the airfield went inoperative sometime in the 1950s and was subsequently turned into a housing development. The control tower apparently survived longer than the rest of the field but I think it too has since vanished. A historical marker has recently been erected to comemmorate the location of this airfield which played an important role in training US pilots who fought in the war. I've saved most of the messages I've received and might eventually post them here if I have time later on.

If you can tell me anything about Norton Field, I would love to hear from you. Please email me at del@rawlinsbrothers.org.

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