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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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The source for this page is the book titled, "Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933", published by The Airport Directory Company, Hackensack, NJ. Refer to page 95 of that book.

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Weddell-Williams Airport, 1933

At left is an image of the airport ca. 1933. Located three miles west of the city of Patterson, LA, the airport is polygonal and covers 90 acres with a sod surface. The entire field is good sod, all available for use. It is 25 feet MSL. It has the standard 100’ circle, and “PATTERSON” painted on the hangar roof.

It has a 24” revolving beacon with a green code beacon flashing “W”. It has bourndary lights, flood and obstruction lights and ceiling and hangar flood lights. There is a telephone on the field (number 74-W), as well as weather reports.

There were modern hotels and restaurants in the city, with taxi and bus service from the airport. Fuel, oil and storage services are available, as are licensed mechanics day or night (licensed repair station #44). Storage is $1.50 or $2.00 per day, with special monthly rates. There is no landing or flood light charge.

This airport had the reputation of being the best equipped shop and factory in the south, offering welding, rebuilding, repairing, a full stock of Pratt & Whitney, Wright and Kinner parts, and custom-built racing planes.

Photo, right, from the Wedell-Williams Museum in Patterson, LA. The Museum is adjacent to the old airport in a building near the word "Patterson" in the photo above. The aircraft (right) is the Wedell-Williams racer NR278V, "Miss Patterson".

For biographical sketches of Harry Williams and Jimmie and Walter Wedell, and a history of the Wedell-Williams Company and its activities at the airport, follow this link. Eastern Airlines purchased Wedell-Williams Air Service in 1937.

W-W Historic Marker

Left, an image I took February 24, 2005 of the historic marker located adjacent to the contemporary airport.








The Register

These airplanes were affiliated with the Weddell-Williams Air Service located at this airport: 7671, NC167W, NC197E.


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