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Fort Worth Flashback: American Airlines grew its wings at Meacham

Posted Dec. 12, 2011

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After the City of Fort Worth established Fort Worth Municipal Airport on May 23, 1925, the first airmail flight was flown in 1926 by National Air Transport Co., now known as American Airlines.

On February 28, 1928, the first airline passenger ever carried out of Texas on a scheduled airline flight departed Meacham Field for Oklahoma City. In 1929, regular scheduled airline passenger service began at Meacham Field.

In July, 1927, the airport’s name was changed to Meacham Field in honor of former Fort Worth Mayor H.C. Meacham.

By 1936, all runways at Meacham Field had been paved, four large hangars had been constructed and the first terminal building was open.

In 1953, scheduled airline service was relocated to Greater Southwest International Airport, and Meacham Field developed into a leading airport for general aviation, corporate and flight training activities.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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