OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4754 times:
Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 4): Imeson is in the red circle, currently the site of Anheuser-Busch. JAX can be seen in the upper left corner
Actually, Anheuser-Busch is the clutter of buildings in the far top left corner of the red square.
Imeson Airport was the airport of Jacksonville, FL(my hometown) from 1927 until the new JIA was built in the 1967(IIRC). It housed a vintage(to us) terminal with 3 runways, as well as the Florida Air National Guard, operating everything during that time from P-51 Mustangs, F-84's, and F-86 Sabres(A-D models). It may have also had F-102's Delta Daggers during the Guard's transition to more modern interceptors. The top right corner of the photo is where the FANG was located. Unfortunately, the only building remaining from that era is the building in the new link of abandonded airfields, the blue and white building by where the Air National Guard was based. Everything else has been torn down and replaced with newer office buildings. If you drive through Imeson "Industrial" Park, you will notice that the entire area resembles an airport and much of the ground is still concrete, now with weeds beginning to break through. Some of the runways are still evident and even though they are not part of the actual "roadway" through the park, you can still drive down them and wonder what it would be like sitting there with DC-3's, DC-6's, DC-7's, and Lockheed Constellations landing right above you.
The only crash I know that happened at Jacksonville Municipal Airport was an Eastern(I believe) Constellation crashing in bad weather in the 1950's while attempting to land. I believe 60 people were killed.
One thing many people do not know about Jacksonville and its airports is its history with avitation. It was visited by both Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart promoting aviation in the South.
In 1922, aviation great Jimmy Doolittle started the first solo cross country flight in a day from Jacksonville Beach to San Diego.
Jacksonville's location helped Eastern Airlines to begin operations flying to Tampa and Atlanta.
Aviation great Laurie Yonge lived in Jacksonville and would sell bi-plane rides from Jacksonville Beach. His Transport License was the first issued in Florida and his pilot's license was signed by Orville Wright. Coincidentally, he is also the person who taught my grandfather to fly in the 1920's, of which he was later an airline pilot for National Airlines and a bomber ferry pilot in WWII.
Jacksonville's location later assisted the US Navy in putting a Master Jet Base at the nearby Cecil Field and establishing a port there for an aircraft carrier and support ships. Cecil Field was de-activated by the BRAC Commission in 1999 and has recently been under determination of re-activation while closing Oceana Naval Air Base in Virginia due to BRAC requirements and Cecil Field's continuing ability for use.