pity Air Plan Mapped
SECONDARY AIRPORT SUGGESTION—Here, as proposed
by R. A. Schoenberner, engineer with Douglas Aircraft Co., is a suggestion for Tulsa's second airport, construction of which will be recommended by the aviation subcommittee of the mayor's post-war
planning committee. General layout of the 640-acre airport is
above. Key numbers are: I. Administration building; 2. Individual
hangars; 3. Storage hangars; 4. Repair and maintenance hangars;
5. Group or "row" hangars; 6. "Air-Tel" accommodations for visiting fliers. Smaller sketches (right) show three of the progressive steps
which might be followed in construction of such an airport. It could
start with only two runways, in the directions of prevailing winds,
then expand with additional runways and facilities as the need for
Advises City Commission
to Act Immediately on
Optioning Necessary Site
A five-point program of
development for the aviation future of Tulsa, emphasizing the need for a secondary airport, was prepared today for submission to Mayor
Veale by the aviation section of his post-war planning
The aviation group is the
first among Mayor Veale's com- |
mittees, organized several months
ago, to turn in a concrete and
factual proposal for the future.
Heading the committee is W.
W. Michaels, vice president of the
First National bank. Members are
G. H. Westby, president of Seismograph Service Corp.; Franklin Bern-
sen, president, Lucey Products Co.,
Wendell B. Barnes, attorney, Douglas Aircraft Co., and T. N. Law,
president of Falcon-Seaboard Drilling Co. and director of Mid-Continent Airlines,
Assisting the committee with
its research and design work was
R. A. Schoenberner, engineer with
the Douglas Aircraft Co.
The committee's report, which
will be laid before the mayor and
his master post-war planning board,
reports that the, following conclusions were reached after "a great
deal of time and study."
1. That Tulsa definitely needs
a secondary airport development
- in the near future if the city desires to maintain its growth position as it has in the past.
2. That the fine Tulsa municipal airport in the post-war period
cannot begin to contemplate taking care of the commercial aviation development and the tremendous expansion now going on
in the industry.
3. That the development of the
secondary airport should be handled by 'the park board and that
they should be instructed at once
to form a site committee to choose
'3 desirable, available location
should be approximately one mile
4. That the park board spend
the $50,000 now held in the city
treasury for secondary airport development to acquire an option on
the desired land.
5. That if this situation is
properly handled by the park board,
it is probable that the citizens of
Tulsa will be willing to vote bonds
to take care of all necessary expenditures.
"In closing," said the report,
"we call attention to the fact that
the chamber of commerce previous
aviation report submitted to the
city fathers and the park board
in October, 1941, for some reason
unknown to us, was shelved in a
manner unbecoming to Tulsa's
progress. We hope that this committee has not worked in vain
and that we have the ability to
carry this present program to a
quick and successful conclusion."
The committee report includes
drawings of an airport of the future, as suggested by R. A. Schoenberner, together' with suggestions
for the hangaring of planes, their
service and provision for pilots and
passengers of transient planes. Emphasis was placed on the fact that
length of runways for private
planes is secondary in importance
to the number of runways usable at
any one time.
Schoenberger proposes that a
circular development be used, with
the periphery of the circle forming a taxi lane. Crossing, like radii,
would be the runways.
that two or three runways in the
direction of the prevailing winds,
be installed first, with parallel runways to be added later.
Single hangars, which could be
built by the plane owner on standard pattern, would be erected on
ground which could be leased from
the city at perhaps as low as $10
per year. Group hangars, able to
handle a larger number of planes,
also could be provided for rental.
The committee suggested that
the secondary airport probably
could be operated in much the
same manner as the present Municipal port, but with additional
facilities for production of revenue. It pointed out that the same
manager might handle the business at both places.
For the present ai
committee suggested an
terminal, which might « Sv«.,,r.,,
(from some of the buildings now
Ithe site, and aridity
-•oads. It proposed an "airline" hig:
way from the port to the center
town, following the Frisco or San
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