Early History

Drake Field has a unique history behind it that has roots dating back to the early 1900s. In 2010, J. B. Hogan, a native of Fayetteville, and the late Kirby L. Estes wrote a piece in "Flashback", a journal of the Washington County Historical Society. J. B. Hogan is a prolific writer and Kirby L. Estes served as Poet Laureate of Fayetteville from April 2006 to April 2007. Below we have provided the article which is dedicated to the memory of Glenn D. Estes, the first flight service station chief at Drake Field and father of Kirby Estes.

This article is used by permission of the authors and the Washington County Historical Society and it was written by J.B. Hogan and Kirby L Estes. Originally published in the WCHS "Flashback" Volume 60, Number 2, Summer 2010.

Read "Flashback: Early History of Fayetteville Municipal Airport" by J.B. Hogan and Kirby L. Estes

A black and white photo of workers erecting a hangar in Fayetteville