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AN AIRPLANE FACTORY?

Posted by ZaneMan on August 30, 2006

Yes. In nearby Glendale, there once was a factory that built the Fokker Tri-Motor aircraft. Thomas James’s well-illustrated website The Fokker Aircraft Legacy in West Virginia tells the story. Perhaps the most famous plane builder in the world at that time established a factory in Glendale in 1928 and produced 58 passenger planes before closing in 1931, a victim of the stock market crash and the crash of one of their planes carrying football hero Knute Rockne. The Glendale Fokker Field (airport) is still listed as active, and the grass runway curves around a gentle bend on the shore of the Ohio River. The factory buildings are still there – seems like its worth a little history tour!

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