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According to Golden Age reference manuals used by pilots, the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, originally named Peterson Field, was located six miles southeast of the city post office. It was a sod square 5,280 ft. on each side, with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the immediate west.
The photograph below, ca. 1933, from this REFERENCE, shows the old Peterson Field with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the background. The description of the field is typical for the era. Note the availability of only one-way radio. The photo shows no trace of the standard white circle or "... COLORADO SPRINGS embedded in the field."
A 1937 Department of Commerce publication describes the Municipal Airport as follows. Note that the description of Colorado Springs Municipal is preceded by a description of Alexander Airport. You may view a video of glider activities at Alexander Airport at the link. Alexander Airport is at about 1:30 minutes into the film.
Note that by 1937 the airport had two oiled asphalt runways rather than just sod, and a taxi strip.
The contemporary Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is now spread over and beyond the area of the original Peterson Field. Below, a contemporary Google Earth view from approximately the same orientation. The more extensive infrastructure of buildings and runways of the Municipal Airport stretch into the distance. The foothills remain significant at the horizon.
Regarding Alexander Airport. About six miles north, more in the center of Colorado Springs, lay the Alexander Airport. Many arrivals and departures at Peterson Field were to and from Alexander Airport. A large number of Alexander-Eaglerock aircraft visited Peterson (at least 63) , because the Alexander Aircraft Company was based at the Alexander Airport. Below is a contemporary Google Earth view of the location of the old Alexander Airport. It lies approximately at what now is the corner of Commerce St. and Route 85. The property now appears to be industrial with no trace of the old airfield remaining.
Both Peterson Field and Alexander Airport were featured in an article that appeared in Aeronautics magazine (forerunner of the contemporary Flying magazine) for September, 1929. The vagaries of high-altitude flying were nicely summarized in the article.
The Pikes Peak Flying School president was Davis-Monthan Register pilot "Red" Mosier. Page two of the article follows with another aerial photograph of Peterson Field. Compare this photo with the one at the top of the page.
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 06/13/13 REVISED: 06/12/14