My husband and I moved to Norwood a few years ago and have enjoyed learning about the town and community. One local feature that was a nice surprise for me is Norwood Airport. I grew up near a small airport and my family has long been interested in aviation and airplanes. For me the noise of planes flying overhead brings back memories of being out in the backyard during the summer and looking up to see what kind of plane was overhead; one summer there were some gliders which was exciting.
Many of today’s municipal airports were sites of major events in aviation history and served as training fields during World War I and World War II. “Norwood: a history” by Patricia Fanning provides some history on the Norwood Airport. In 1942 a small airfield was approved by the town as the site of the Norwood Airport. The new airport was used for military training until the end of World War II. After the war, local aviation company Wiggins Airlines moved their aircraft sales and repairs, and flight lessons from Canton to Norwood and expanded their business to include passenger and cargo operations (150-151). This past fall the Wings of Freedom tour of historic World War II made its annual stop here on Norwood Day. College Park Airport in Maryland is considered to be the nation’s longest continuously operating airport and was the site of the Wrights’ early military demonstrations. Today it has a small museum and is used for general aviation. Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, WA is part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and was the landing site of the first transpolar flight from Moscow in 1937. My childhood airport was near several early airplane manufacturers. Alastair Gordon’s “Naked airport: a cultural history of the world’s most revolutionary structure “examines the history of airports.