Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Cornelia Fort Airport

Marker ID: NHC 66
Location: Shadow Ln, north of Airpark Dr., Nashville.
County: Davidson
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Cornelia Fort (1919-43), Nashville’s first woman flying instructor volunteer, Army’s WAFS, WWII, was the first woman pilot to die on war duty in American history. “I am grateful that my one talent, flying, was useful to my country.” she wrote shortly before her death. Miss Fort was lost in a crash over Texas flying a basic-trainer plane, BT 13-A, across the United States.