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Aug 26, 1921

Billy Mitchell and the 88th squadron arrived in Charleston

1922

First Morgantown airport built

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1923

Shepherd Field, Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, opened

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1927

Wertz Field Charleston area's first airport near Dunbar constructed

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1935

Tri-County Airport, now the Harrison-Marion Regional Airport at Bridgeport, began as a grass airstrip

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1939

Morgantown Municipal Airport opened

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Jul 01, 1942

A troop transport plane crashed on a mountainside near Premier, McDowell County, killing 21 members of the Army Air Corps

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Apr 14, 1945

Twenty people were killed when a commercial airplane on its way to Morgantown flew off course and crashed into the side of Cheat Mountain

1946

Wood County Airport, Parkersburg, built

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1947

West Virginia Aeronautics Commission formed

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Apr 08, 1951

A C-47 transport filled with 167th personnel crashed near Kanawha (now Yeager) Airport, killing 21

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1952

Raleigh County Memorial Airport built

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1953

Mercer County Airport built

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Dec 12, 1953

Chuck Yeager flew 2 1/2 times the speed of sound in a Bell X-1A, a record

1955

167th moved to Martinsburg

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Aug 10, 1968

Thirty-five people were killed when a Piedmont Airlines plane approaching Charleston in fog crashed into a hillside near Yeager Airport

1968

Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg, built

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Nov 14, 1970

A plane crashed into a hillside just before the Tri-State Airport killing nearly the entire Marshall University football team and crew

Jun 04, 1971

A former coal miner from Boone County hijacked a plane that had flown out of Charleston and demanded to be flown to Israel

1978

Congress deregulated airline industry and government subsidies were eliminated

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Jun 06, 1979

An old Douglas DC-6 cargo plane carrying 12 tons of marijuana ran off the runway at Kanawha Airport

1997

Allegheny Airlines changed its name to US Airways

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