Past Meeting

At our public meeting on Sunday, February 15, 2015 the featured presentation was:

Two Main Line Airport aviators, Malcolm Ashby and Nick Morris, are wished farewell by world-famous aircraft designer T. Claude Ryan (R) as the pilots prepare to depart Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California for a transcontinental flight to the Great Valley of Chester County in their brand-new Ryan SC-W monoplane, February 12, 1938. The Main Line Airport held the East Coast distributorship for Ryan airplanes in the 1930s, Mr. Ryan was president of Ryan Aeronautical Company, and his name is forever connected to the company which built Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

The Main Line Airport, and the Development of Aviation in Chester County, Pennsylvania

by Roger Thorne

Driving along Swedesford Road through the often hectic Great Valley Corporate Center area in Tredyffrin and East Whiteland townships, few if any are aware that long before the busy intersections and sprawling office buildings, the land was occupied by a prominent Pennsylvania airport that significantly influenced the development of American aviation.

For over a decade, past Society president Roger Thorne has: researched the events and details surrounding this airport; interviewed many who flew in and out on its grass runways and worked in its hangars; and collected hundreds of images which help to visualize this once-prominent airport now long forgotten.

Roger presented this fascinating story in a way that made this place, and those times, much easier to understand.


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