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Municipal airport placed on state historical register

Published 5:00am Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Elmore County Aviation Alliance held its annual meeting at the Wetumpka Municipal Airport April 20. The meeting was attended by more than 40 local pilots and supporters of the airport.
ECAA member Rep. Greg Wren surprised attendees by presenting ECAA a resolution from the Alabama House of Representatives recognizing the recent listing of the airport on the Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission.
The listing was in recognition of the airport’s contribution to the U.S. mobilization effort during World War II. The airport was one of seven satellite fields supporting Gunner Army Airfield’s mission of training pilots for WWII and is the only one still in operation, including Gunner Field.
A cookout preceded the meeting, which included a discussion of the accomplishments this year and planning for the future. The ECAA was formed in 2011 to unite people who use the airport for business and recreation after local elected officials approved conducting a survey to determine if the airport should remain at the current site or a new airport should be constructed.
After more than two years, the City of Wetumpka recently issued a press release stating that the city has decided the airport will remain where it has been for 70 years and will now support its continued growth as the busiest general aviation facility in Alabama.
ECAA is an Alabama nonprofit corporation and welcomes support from all interested citizens. Membership is $15 per year. Details can be found at ECAA website, www.ecaa08a.org.

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