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Franklin, Roy (1924-2011)

Roy Franklin was a legendary island bush pilot and the primary founder of commercial aviation in the San Juan Islands, the archipelago located in Northwest Washington between the mainland and Canada's...

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Greening, Colonel Charles Ross (1914-1957)

Ross Greening of Tacoma developed an interest in flight at an early age and went on to make it his career. He became an expert B-25 Mitchell bomber pilot in 1941 at McChord Field near Tacoma and serve...

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John Spellman: King County Politics in the Sixties, Seventies and Beyond

The long career of John Spellman (b. 1926) in local and state politics began in 1967 when he was elected a King County Commissioner. His term overlapped the controversial Forward Thrust capital improv...

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Johnson, Philip G. (1894-1944)

Seattle-born Philip G. Johnson oversaw the The Boeing Company during two of its most crucial periods: The growth and expansion of its airmail and commercial transport business in the 1920s and 1930s, ...

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King County Landmarks: William E. Boeing House (1914), Shoreline

Address: The Highlands, Shoreline. William Boeing is best known as founder of the Boeing Airplane Company, which he began as Pacific Aero Products in 1916. Before his pioneering work in aviation, Boei...

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Larson Air Force Base -- Grant County International Airport

In November 1942 the United States Army established a training airfield at Moses Lake in central Washington's Grant County. The base became inactive at the end of the war but the airfield, with its lo...

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Magnuson Park (Seattle)

The deactivation of the Sand Point Naval Air Station on Lake Washington in Northeast Seattle set off a years-long, bitter debate over uses for the land. Eventually, 195.6 acres were transferred to the...

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McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Part 1

McChord Air Force Base, now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and located south of Tacoma, started out as a municipal airport serving Pierce County before being taken over by the military in 1938. The ...

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McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Part 2

McChord Air Force Base (now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord), located in Pierce County south of Tacoma, has served airlift and air-defense functions since World War II. Its major role has been airlif...

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Meadows Race Track

In the first decade of the twentieth century, The Meadows Race Track, located in King County south of Georgetown along the Duwamish River, was the premier venue in the Northwest for horse racing. The ...

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Paine Field (Snohomish County)

Built in 1936 and funded by the Works Progress Administration, Everett's Paine Field was originally planned as a commercial airport for Snohomish County. World War II changed the focus and it served a...

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Pangborn, Clyde Edward (1894-1958)

Clyde Pangborn, born in Bridgeport, Washington, was one of the leading "barnstormers" -- aerial stuntmen -- of the 1920s. Known as "Upside Down Pang," he performed stunts such as slow-rolling an airpl...

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