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Virginia Tech Airport I-23 | Marker History

Virginia Tech Airport Marker, I-23

The airport was founded in 1931 as a college-owned facility. School funds and a grant from the Works Progress Administration in the early 1940s paid for paving a runway and building a hangar. Two training programs offered here made the airport important during World War II. The Civilian Pilot Training Program taught selected cadets at VPI and other colleges around the county how to fly airplanes. An aircraft mechanics training program, operated under the National Youth Administration, trained hundreds of high school graduates as mechanics. Students lived at a facility just northwest of here.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 2005
Region: Southwest Region
Geographic Location: Montgomery County
Physical Description of Location: 1607 Tech Center Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
GPS Location: 37.205366,-80.408534
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