East Boston Airport – 1922
The East Boston Airport later grew to become Logan International Airport.
The following newspaper article appeared in The New York Herald on May 16, 1922, Page 8.
Airport For Massachusetts
Through the action of Governor Cox of Massachusetts in signing the bill providing for an airport in East Boston that Commonwealth becomes the first state in the Union to join with the Federal Government in establishing an airplane landing in conformity with the recommendations of the President. Once again Massachusetts shows the way to other states in creating an institution which must eventually be imitated all over the country.
Last March Mayor Curley of Boston wrote Governor Cox asking his help in obtaining the enactment of the bill, adding that of the $35,000 needed for the purpose Boston would have to pay about 40 percent, and that the city was prepared to assume that obligation. Then he made two statements which showed that he was thoroughly aware of the future importance of aircraft. One was that if the Federal Government adopted the ship subsidy it would inevitably tend to the development of a great merchant marine, which merchant marine, in the event of war, can best be protected through the service of aircraft. He also pointed out that one inevitable result of the signing of the Four Power Treaty would be an “intense activity of the leading Powers of the world in aircraft development.”
These are shrewd and far seeing observations, for a result of the failure of the Conference on the Limitation of Armaments to restrict aircraft building is the likelihood of just such activity as the Mayor of Boston pointed out. In many parts of the country this possibility either has been overlooked or has not been considered worthy of much attention. It is to the credit of Massachusetts and the city officials of Boston that they not only have foreseen this possibility, but had had the wisdom to act on the need created by the situation regarding aircraft. (End of article)
East Boston Airport Accidents
The following is a list of some early accidents/crashes which occurred at East Boston Airport. For further information about any of them, refer to the “Aviation Accidents” – “Massachusetts” section of this website. This is by no means a complete list of every accident that occurred at the airport, and others will be added as they become known.
July 24, 1923: An army plane crashed on takeoff.
May 2, 1925: An army plane spun into the mud flats off runway.
Dec. 19, 1925: A U.S. Army Curtis JN-4 crashed on landing.
Dec. 19, 1928: A U.S. Army O2C biplane crashed in Boston Harbor.
July 3, 1929: An army observation aircraft flipped on takeoff by gust of cross wind.
July 8, 1929: Civilian airliner crashed making emergency landing.
Aug. 27, 1929: Cessna aircraft crashed on approach.
March 17, 1930: Army plane crashed in Boston Harbor.
May 18, 1930: A Curtis monoplane crashed in water.
June 5, 1930: Fort Tri-motor passenger plane crashed on takeoff.
Sept. 27, 1930: Landing gear collapsed on army plane while landing.
Feb. 26, & 27, 1934: Two U.S. Mail planes crashed into snow banks on landing.
May 30, 1936: Army plane crashed into harbor.
Dec. 22, 1937: “Santa Clause” parachuted over airport, landed in water, drowned.
August 18, 1941: Army plane crashed into harbor.
Sept. 15, 1941: Army P-40 aircraft collided with another aircraft.
June 22, 1942: Army P-40 aircraft went into harbor at end of runway.