HCOC gives presentation on history of Rochester International Airport

Organizers give presentation on the history of flight in Rochester

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(ABC 6 News) – The History Center of Olmsted County called the presentation “Rochester’s First 50 Years of Flight.”

The Mayo Foundation founded the original Rochester Airport in 1928; the RST that we know today is actually the fourth airport Rochester has had.

The presentation was primarily focused on those first three airports, Graham Field, Rochester Airways and Lobb Field.

The first two airports were used for passenger service, whereas Lobb Field was used as a training base for glider pilots in World War II.

The Mayo Foundation gave the airport to the city of Rochester in 1945, but in 1960 the city decided to move.

“It was outgrown, actually Lob Field was set up for propeller aircraft and when the jets came online, they were faster, they were heavier, and the airport couldn’t be expanded,” speaker Lee Hilgendorf said.

Ever since the move, the airport hasn’t moved as it has been able to expand with no issue.

As for what remains of the previous airports, Graham Field is now Graham Park, Rochester Airways is now home to Cascade Lake and Mayo Credit Union, and Lobb Field became a subdivision known as Meadow Park.