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CLE – Proud Past & A Bright Future

Monday, September 18, 2017

Robert Kennedy
Cleveland Airports Director

Join SME Cleveland as Robert Kennedy, Director of the Cleveland Airport System shares highlights of the Cleveland Airports, the everchanging landscape of air travel, what the Airport systems does and the bright future for flight in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Airport System is comprised of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport.

When Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport opened on July 1, 1925 it became the first municipally owned airport in the country. Over 8 million passengers passed through Cleveland Hopkins in 2016.

When Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport opened in 1947, it featured a modest 2,000-foot dirt runway and a small operations facility and hanger. A federal grant in 1950 from the Federal Airport Act allowed for expansion, resulting in the installation of a 5,200-foot hard-surface runway in 1957, a Main Terminal building and tower, followed by a second 6,200-foot primary runway.

Did you know that in the 30s and 40s, the “Golden Age of air racing”, Cleveland’s air field was the site of the National Air Races, and hosted frequent visits from such air pioneers as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh? Attend the lunch and learn the history and future of air transportation in Cleveland.

Luncheon Series made possible by:


Registration begins at 11:30, lunch at noon, program concludes by 1:15.
Members $30, non-member $45. Reservations are required.

Luncheons are held at:
Windows on the River
2000 Sycamore
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Call 216.767.5951 for more information.