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Aviation in Southern Oregon (Images of Aviation) by Bill Alley

By Bill Alley

Medford, Oregon, pioneered aviation in Southern Oregon and has lengthy loved a name for being an air-minded urban. whilst town of Medford outfitted Newell Barber box in 1920, it validated the 1st municipally owned airfield within the nation. In 1926, Pacific Air delivery chosen Medford as a station for the West Coast airmail direction. whereas Portland's airmail carrier was once situated around the river at Vancouver's Pearson box in Washington, Medford's Newell Barber box was once Oregon's purely airmail cease. The Twenties secured Medford's place as a pace-setter within the progress of either civil and advertisement aviation. while expertise rendered the unique box out of date, the citizens handily authorized a brand new, state of the art box that has persevered to extend and develop right into a significant foreign airport and unfastened alternate sector, able to accommodating the various world's greatest aircrafts.

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