Northwest Aerospace News April | May Issue No. 2 - Page 34

An Impressive Stretch of Pavement 500 Miles of Aerospace Collaboration in the Inland Northwest by Robin Bishop S pokane’s history with aerospace began with Felt’s Field being desig- nated a municipal airfield in 1920. A couple of decades later, the Spokane Army Air Depot (future Fairchild Air Force Base) opened as a WWII supply and repair depot, later becoming a Strategic Air Command (SAC) sup- plying heavy bombers in our coun- try’s defense. About the same time, a burgeoning Boeing Company caused a spike for regional aluminum suppliers in response to war-ti