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Description: Reverse reads: "Lunken Aire Port. Cincinnati, Ohio. RAF." This is most likely an Army B-17. A crowd of people are gathered around the field. Hanger 3, in the background, has the letters W.A.C.O., the "O" being obstructed by the crowd, with a banner above the doors that says Queen City Flying Service. Cincinnati Municipal Airport – Lunken Field or Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport is more commonly known as Lunken Field or Lunken Airport and was named after Eshelby Lunken. Llocated three miles (5 km) southeast of Downtown Cincinnati, it was a commercial airport in the 1920s '30s and '40s. It is situated in the Little Miami River valley near Columbia, the site of the first Cincinnati-area settlement in 1788. When the original 1000-acre (4 km²) airfield was dedicated in 1925, it was the largest municipal airfield in the world. American Airlines started at Lunken Airport during this time, but no major commercial airlines use it anymore. Instead, many large Cincinnati-area companies now base their corporate aircraft there. On December 17, 1925, the Embry-Riddle Company was formed at Lunken Airport by T. Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle. A few years later, the company moved to Florida, and later became the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Lunken Airport was supplanted by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1947 following catastrophic flooding from the Ohio River. The flooding problem prompted the airport's nickname of "Sunken Lunken." The control tower, located at the southwest corner of the airport, was almost totally submerged during the historic Ohio River flood of 1937, and now has a single black brick facing the airfield to indicate the high-water mark. Today the old control tower is home to the Lunken Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, and is the oldest standing control tower in the United States.[ci The property also contains public recreation areas, including an 18-hole golf course, playgrounds, and walking/biking paths. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B04F05_29_01
Subjects: Airports; Military aircraft; Aviation--History
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)