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This collection of photographs from the Historical Society of Baltimore County consists of over eighty images of the construction and operations of Baltimore Municipal Airport. 

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Collection Location: Historical Society of Baltimore County

Collection Overview: This collection is a selection of photographs from the Historical Society of Baltimore County and consists of over eighty images of the construction and operations of Baltimore Municipal Airport.

Construction for Baltimore Municipal Airport began in 1929 and was not fully completed until 1941. Located partially in Baltimore City and partially in Baltimore County, the 360 acre airport property was a planned replacement for the smaller Logan Field. A majority of the delay was due to the airport being constructed from silt dredged from the harbor to create an artificial peninsula. The soft material did not harden as expected which drastically delayed construction and cost millions of dollars to fix. A seaplane facility was opened in 1932 and later fell out of use by 1942.

In 1942 the United States Army Air Corp suspended civilian use of the runways and renamed the facility "Baltimore Army Airfield." The airfield was used to train I Fighter Command. It was not until 1946 that civil airline traffic was permitted use of the airfield. Also in 1946 the Maryland Air National Guard used the airport as a base for the 104th Fighter Squadron. By this time larger planes were being produced and longer runways were needed. In 1950 the airport was renamed "Baltimore Harbor Field", where it served private pilots and business aviation. In 1958 the airport was purchased to be converted into a marine terminal for port and maritime shipping.

The airport officially closed on December 30, 1960 after the last Air National Guard Unit departed. During its time it served several airlines including American, Eastern, United, Pan Am, and British Overseas Airways. By 1971 a majority of the runways and most of the buildings associated with the airport were removed.

 
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