Tag Archive: Airport

Sep 29

Air war, World War II week by week

The air war a big part of the Telegram-Tribune front page as well as the continuing battle in Stalingrad on May 19, 1942.

Bomber crews were taking the fight to German targets. Britain and Germany had learned from bitter experience that bombers little better than big explosive targets for a well-trained group of fighter squadrons. The technology to escort bombers deep into enemy territory was still in development and American bomber crews would now pay for that shortcoming. …

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Mar 31

Airport lawsuit, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune front page March 31, 1942.

John J. Hutchins, a Paso Robles attorney protested before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Suprvisors. He filed an injunction claiming that $40,000 was too much to pay for the six parcels of land that would become the airport. Federal authorities wanted to invest $300,000 to build runways, drainage and lighting for a national …

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Mar 09

Eto Street erased, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune March 3, 1942 Java under attack.

Eto street was officially erased from the city map. Apparently the 1941 era City of San Luis Obispo felt that the war effort was hampered by having a Japanese surname on the rolls. It was renamed Brook Street in early March 1942. The name would not be changed back at the end of the war …

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Feb 12

Japanese relocation, World War II week by week

The first Pearl Harbor photos were released by the military almost a month after the attack. Telegram Tribune Feb. 3, 1942

Seventy years ago the Japanese residents of the county were about to be sent to relocation camps. Some lost everything, others had more caring neighbors as seen in the story below published February 21, 2000. RECALLING CENTRAL COAST’S ‘SILENT HEROES’ WHEN JAPANESE-AMERICANS WERE PLACED IN CAMPS IN WWII, THEIR NEIGHBORS STOOD BY THEM by Andrea …

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Feb 04

Japanese internment announced World War II week by week

Internment of Japanese during World War II is announced on the same day as President Franklin Roosevelt's 60th birthday in the Telegram-Tribune newspaper.

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce surprised the county and city of San Luis Obispo on January 29, 1942 by announcing they would be happy to have a federally constructed airport. City leaders had been in negotiations with the Civil Aeronautics Authority for two months as the San Luis Obispo city and county avoided committing …

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Jan 16

Biplane over Pismo Beach, California aviation before baggage fees

Biplane lands circa 1911 at Pismo Beach. © The Tribune

A yellow biplane is a regular sight today off the coast of Pismo Beach but the coast’s aviation dates back over 100 years earlier. This picture postcard from the files of the Tribune has scrawled on the back  in pencil instructions for publication – “2 col” and a few scant words of caption information. “Landed …

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Jan 14

Postal Service grows, airport woes – World War II week by week

January 13, Telegram-Tribune talks about the explosive growth in postal revenue due to the influx of soldiers in the county.

San Luis Obispo County grew in astounding ways during World War II. One metric previously written about here were the huge demands placed on schools as new families moved in. Another indicator of impact could be found at the Post Office. Postal receipts for San Luis Obispo reached an all time high in 1941, almost …

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Nov 26

Marriage cleared for take-off

Former Swift Aire pilot Fredd Driggs and Martha Estrada are married aboard the Swift Aire plane Driggs flew until the airline folded. ©The Tribune/Tony Hertz

Swift Aire was remembered fondly by many who worked for it. The San Luis Obispo airline went out of business in 1981 after 12 years of service. The cause depended on who you were talking to, various articles cited — airline deregulation, PATCO air controllers strike,  inflation, a new owner with big ambitions and little …

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Nov 23

John D. Hurst, WWII fighter pilot

Swift Aire chief pilot John D. Hurst shot down 9 German aircraft as a WWII P-38 fighter pilot. Published 9-17-1969 ©The Tribune

The chief pilot for Swift Aire, John D. Hurst, was a World War II fighter ace. He flew the twin engined P-38 Lightning in Europe. The aircraft had a good record in the tropical Pacific but in the colder European theater it proved less than ideal. Though the fighter aircraft had excellent range and powerful …

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Nov 22

Swift-Aire, San Luis Obispo’s own airline

Airport visitors try on the plane for size and comfort. Inside view of one of Swift-Aire's cozy planes which are ready to go. Published March 18,1969 ©The Tribune

My first flight into town came on a an airline born in San Luis Obispo, Swift-Aire. Scheduled airline service began March 20, 1969 with four flights a day. Flights had stops in San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Connections to Los Angeles would be added in June. The line also offered charter service in addition …

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