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[film & pics] This is the story & start of the Birmingham, Alabama airport in 1919

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17 comments

  1. Whitney Frenette

    Hasn’t changed much lol!

  2. Bubba Phillips

    This is great information for those of us who is lived in the Birmingham area for so long and did not know Insley was the first airport

  3. THIS MUST BE AS IT LOOKED WHEN MY GREAT UNCLE. LAURICE A. TATUM DDS. FLEW IN AND OUT OF IT AS A MEMBER OF THE BIRMINGHAM AERO CLUB. THANKS FOR THE INFO.

  4. Danny Evans

    I grew up in Central Park and it was never identified as Ensley if we are talking about the same place and I believe we are. Central Park Flying Service could still be seen written on the hangar.

  5. Kathy Thibault

    I grew up in Ensley, graduated from Ensley High School. Good memories.

  6. Terry Lee

    I would think more Central Park!!!

  7. MIke Armstrong

    would this be near the fairgrounds?

  8. Terry Lee

    Between Central Park and Green Acres

  9. Don McAnally

    My uncle Gardner was a pilot. I went up with him sitting in my dad’s lap at about 4 or 5 years old. Wiley Post taught him to fly. Great job Mr. Post.

  10. Alabama Pioneers

    The Central Park Field was called Messer Field not Roberts Field. It was constructed by Glenn Messer but did not serve as the Municipal Airport. Messer field was open until 1946. This website has a map and more pictures of the early airfields. http://www.airfields-freeman.com/AL/Airfields_AL_Birmingham.htm

  11. Roberts Field was were the Glenn High School property is now on the south side of I59 just west of Arkadelphia Road.
    Central park airport was at the southern end of Avenue Q in Central Park. Its last sranding buildings burned in the 70’s. Charles Lindberg gave flying lessons at this location.

  12. Don Drasheff Sr

    I grew up on Graymont Ave and walked down to Roberts Field many time to watch the men flt RC and static line model planes . We used to shoot .22 rifles at cans in Village Creek next to Roberts Field .There was still a hanger with a coupla planes in it in the early to mid fifties .

  13. Denise Key

    Eddie Key is this Republic industrial park? Where Dillard paper was?

  14. Me and my three brothers were at the field all the time playing ball and flying guide wire planes. It was like growing up with the biggest backyard play ground. Never were bored with the things to do at the field and woods.
    Miss the old place and old neighborhood on 17th street.

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