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Key West International Airport History

Aviation history for Monroe County began in Key West in 1913 when Augustin Parla flew a bi-wing seaplane to Muriel, Cuba. The US Navy dredges a seaplane base at Trumbo in 1917, also used for dirigibles during World War I. In May 1918, a two motored Navy seaplane flew to Cuba.

Aeromarime Airways was the first commercial airline to use Key West followed by Pan American on Jan. 6, 1928. Pan Am moved to Miami in 1934, but reinstituted service to Key West after the 1935 Hurricane.
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In 1940, Trumbo and Boca Chica were improved for about $10 million.
7 /1/57 to 3/1/58: Key West International Airport (Terminal) 7/1/57 - Consolidated WBO relocated to WBAS, International Airport at the southeast portion of Key West Island, 3.5 miles east of the Post Office building. Instrument Shelter on roof of breezeway. CAA Wind instruments used until F420 wind instruments and 3 cup anemometer installed on 10 meter tower, March 8 1958. During this interim period, climatological records were maintained at the Post Office site, formerly occupied by the WBO. key west international airport
Aerovias Q was a Cuban Airline and National Airlines flew two flights daily from Miami. key west international airport
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