Builds an Airport
1926, the City bought land at the Oakland end of Bay Farm Island
intending to create an airport. The prospect of hosting the first
trans-Pacific flight spurred round-the-clock efforts to get the runway
ready by June 1927, when Hegenberger and Maitland took off for Hawaii.
This first airport is now called North Field and is home to air cargo,
air mail, maintenance shops, and corporate flying services. There is
also the Western Air History Museum at North Field, where you can learn
about the history of aviation at one of pioneer aviation's most eventful
Most airline passengers are more familiar with the jetport which opened
in 1962 and now serves nearly 10 million passengers a year.
Oakland Museum of California
"Walk Along the Water"
© Oakland Museum of California, used with permission.
Update: By 2007, the airport was serving nearly 15 million
passengers per year. Bill Threlfall, Waterfront Action, 2009
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