Museum proposed for Fort Wayne's Smith Field

Museum advocates estimate the project would cost about $2.5 million to develop, and are raising funds on their website.

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 3:22 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Proposed legislation would designate the main hangar at Fort Wayne's Smith Field as the National Airmail Museum.

Museum advocates estimate the project would cost about $2.5 million to develop, and are raising funds on their website.

The U.S. Postal Service started airmail delivery in 1911. Commercial airmail service came to Smith Field in 1930.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks proposed the bill, which mentions that the U.S. doesn't have a national museum dedicated to airmail. The legislation says no federal funds would be made available for the museum.

Smith Field is named in honor of Art Smith, a celebrity stunt pilot from Fort Wayne who died in a plane crash near Montpelier, Ohio, in 1926.

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