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Kingman Airport

Kingman’s Aviation started on an open piece of ground across from the Mountain View Cemetery. Before it became an airplane landing strip, the main use was a cattle pasture.

The former Hall Street, now Stockton Hill Road, separated the cemetery and airstrip. This airstrip was commonly known as Wallapai (Hualapai) Field. This is the starting point for aviation history of Kingman and Mohave County.

It was soon to be replaced by Port Kingman which was the first commercial airport in Arizona and TAT was the forerunner of TWA.

Kingman TAT Terminal - 1929 - The Transcontinental Airport Tranport, Inc (TAT) established the Kingman terminal, along with 10 others in 1929 as part of an effort to decrease the amount of travel time from one side of the United States to the other.

It was part of a railway and airline effort, whereby passengers would fly during the daylight by plane and travel by railway during the night by train. This effort was spearheaded by Charles Lindberg, who played a critical role in the development and establishment of the new route.

The Kingman terminal was used from 1929 until it was replaced by the current Kingman Airport in the 1940s. The main terminal building remains intact, and it one of two left standing today, with the other located in Winslow.

In the 1940s, after the air activity had transferred to the current airport, Senator Morrow had purchased the property and turned it into a residence. Through the years since, it has been home to a number of businesses and residents. It currently houses Brown Drilling.

Brown Drilling, 3375 N. Bank Street, Kingman, AZ
Charles Lindberg is pictured at right.

On July 8, 1929 the first Ford Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" airplane landed at "Port Kingman". The airport was established and dedicated by Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart as part of a promotional tour on July 8, 1929, for the Transcontinental Air Transport Company. Lindberg is shown above for that event.

In the 1920s and 30s, air mail carriers and passenger aircraft used the town as a refueling stop. While promoting a new coast-to-coast air mail service for the Transcontinental Air Transport Company on July 8, Charles A. Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were met by thousands of Arizonans when they made a refueling stop here to establish and dedicate "Port Kingman."
Kingman was an important link in early transcontinental air service. It was the first airport terminal dedicated in Northern Arizona by the Transcontinental Air Transport Company. TAT, as Transcontinental was called, was organized by Charles Lindbergh and other to provide 24 hour air service between New York City and Los Angeles. Kingman was the first refueling stop from eastward from Los Angeles.
Hubbs Park 4th & Golconda
Locomotive Park Beale Street and Andy Devine
Metcalfe Park Beale Street and Andy Devine
Mohave Museum of History and Arts Beale Street and Andy Devine
Powerhouse Visitors Center 120 W. Beale Street
Railroad Water & Fuel Tanks Andy Devine
Route 66 Museum 120 W. Beale Street

Andy Devine Days & Rodeo 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd
Army Air Field Museum 4540 Flightline Drive
Beale Loop Fort Beale Drive
Beale Springs Fort Beale Drive
Beale Wagon Road Near Kingman High School
Firefighters Memorial Park West of fairgrounds & I-40
Former Air Force Radar Station Radar Hill
Flexible Gunnery School Radio Tower 7000 Flightline Drive
Hualapai Mountain Park 6250 Hualapai Mtn Road
Kingman Airport 7000 Flightline Drive
Lewis Kingman Park 2201 E. Andy Devine Ave
Mohave County Fair 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd
Monolith Garden Metwell Drive
Pioneer Cemetery 1301 Stockton Hill Road
White Cliffs Wagon Trail Park White Cliffs Road
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