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Bellevue Airfield (Wash.)


Historical Note

The Bellevue Airfield was founded in 1941 by Arthur A. Nordhoff, a World War I Army aviator, though the airfield did not actually open until 1945 due to World War II. There was no control tower at Bellevue Airfield; landings were coordinated by runway lights, and the airfield was often used in poor weather due to Renton or Boeing Airfields being socked in by fog. The airfield reached its peak in the 1970s when there were on average 51,000 landings and takeoffs a year. As the city of Bellevue began to expand in the late 1970s, however, usage declined and the airfield closed in 1983.


Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection

Identifier: 2018-08-13
Overview The Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection contains items relating to the World War I and II service of the Nordhoff and Dunnam families.

Nordhoff and Dunnam families papers

Identifier: 1993-05-11
Abstract Collection of photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and assorted ephemera from the Nordhoff and Dunnam families, who served as pilots in World War I and World War II and later founded the Bellevue Airport.

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