Living history at Port Columbus

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Messenger photos by John Matuszak
Bob Dean attends the June 26 unveiling of the Ohio Historical Society marker for Port Columbus Airport’s original terminal, where he went to work as an air traffic controller in 1948. The terminal was opened July 8, 1929, as part of Transcontinental Air Transport’s coast-to-coast service, and operated through 1958. Dean, who lived in Berwick when he worked at the tower, learned to fly at 18 and was an Air Force pilot during World War II before joining the Federal Aviation Administration. He recalled that the controllers did not have radar when he began and guided in the planes with radios and signal lights.

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