Harrisonburg’s Runway to Flight
By: Randall B. Jones
Order #: T-HAAI01
A delightful book on the history of a small-town airport. Hartman Airfield was Harrisonburg’s airport during the middle of the 20th century. This volume, which contains many never before published photos from the Hartman family archives, gives a unique look at a small town airport in the glory days of general aviation. Hartman Airfield was the airport for the Harrisonburg area prior to the construction of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave.
Profusely illustrated, Hartman Airfield contains many photos of classic aircraft in an authentic mid-40s setting. Photos of airport construction as well as the fleet of Shenandoah Airways, Inc. give a one-of-a-kind glimpse back into the past. Period aerial photos of the airfield as well as downtown Harrisonburg and James Madison University make this a treasured volume in any aviation buff’s library.
In addition to happenings at the Airfield, the author also touches on the aviation history of the Commonwealth of Virginia from the 1920s through the 1950s. Includes never before published photos of Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Timberville, Virginia. This visit was in response to an invitation by Virginia Governor Harry Flood Byrd to take a brief vacation at a hunting cabin in the Shenandoah Valley during Lindbergh’s cross-country publicity tour following the trans-Atlantic flight.