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Old Nov 17, 2012, 06:44 PM
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On July 29, 1937, an American Airlines Stinson TriMotor, capable of carrying about 10 passengers, touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport, marking the first commercial flight at that facility.

McGhee Tyson Airport actually traces its history to two earlier airports, Becky Huckaby, spokeswoman for the Airport Authority, said. In 1910, a group of aviation enthusiasts opened a private airfield near the current Chilhowee Park in East Knoxville. Then in 1927, Walter Self, who enjoyed flying as a hobby, opened Knoxville Aero Corp. on the south side of Sutherland Avenue, where West High School and the National Guard Armory are now. The airfield became the city's first municipal airport and Huckaby said apparently held the name McGhee Tyson Airport at some point.

That name came from a noted Knoxville aviator, Charles McGhee Tyson, who lost his life in the crash of a Navy aircraft during an anti-submarine mission in World War I.
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