Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Curtiss-Wright Hangar

Marker ID: SCHM 40-173
Location: Jim Hamilton Blvd. near Airport Blvd., Columbia, SC
County: Richland
Coordinates: N 33° 58.614    W 081° 00.097
  33.9769    -81.00161666
Style: Free Standing **


This hangar, built in 1929 by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, was the first building at Owens Field, a municipal airport then 3 mi. S of the city limits. Curtiss-Wright built and operated numerous airports across America for the next two decades, also offering flight training. The airport, named for Mayor Lawrence B. Owens (1869-1941), was dedicated in 1930 with an airshow seen by 15, 000 spectators.

Regularly scheduled flights began in 1932, and civilian flight training began in 1939. Observation flights of the U.S. Army Air Corps began in 1940, and military training by the U.S. Army Air Force continued through World War II and beyond. In 1962 the city transferred the airport to Richland County, which has owned and operated it since. This hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Erected by the Richland County Airport Commission, 2011