Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview stands out from its competitors

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 13:35 PM.

"The future of Bob Sikes looks extremely good. We put it in a position to do nothing but grow. Honestly, everybody wins when that kind of stuff happens — everybody from dry cleaners, to real estate agents, to businesses that support aviation."

HISTORY LESSON: FROM AIRSTRIP TO ECONOMIC GENERATOR

Crestview Bob Sikes Airport — one of three aviation facilities operated by Okaloosa County Airports — descends from the city's original Savage Field. That "airport" was little more than a rough east-west airstrip built in the 1920s on the 100-acre site of Savage's turpentine still. It was near present-day Juke Hill and the Big Lots shopping center, according to "Crestview: The Forkland” by Betty Curenton and Claudia Patten.

In 1937, the Civil Aeronautics Authority constructed Crestview Municipal Airport farther north, approximately at present-day Crestview High School. It mainly provided an emergency landing strip for passenger planes between New Orleans and Jacksonville.

Today's Bob Sikes Airport started as a service field for Fairchild-Hiller, a company retrofitting and modifying Korea and Vietnam War aircraft. General aviation services were added in 1964. It was dedicated on May 22, 1965.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.



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