Stinson Field Begins Work on New Control Tower

The second oldest continuously operating general aviation airport in the country is ready for its new century, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The San Antonio Aviation Department today broke ground on a modern control tower for Stinson Field, which is celebrating its 101st birthday this year.

Aviation Manager Lt. Gen. Russ Handy (USAF Ret.) says it will continue the  legend of the field where Charles Lindbergh received his military aviation training.

"An iconic tower that will not only increase dramatically  the safety and effectiveness of Stinson, but will also increase development in the region," he said.

Stinson Field, which opened in 1916, hosted U.S. Army aviation training during world War II.  It is undergoing a renaissance thanks to its proximity to the Eagle Ford oil field, and to the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.  It is also home to several new private aircraft firms, as well as a flight school.

The $8 million tower, called 'Wings Over Stinson,' should be completed by mid 2018.

The Airport also honors the pioneering Stinson aviation family.  Kathryn Stinson was one of the first women in the USA to receive a pilot's license.

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