For nearly 50 years, planes flying to and from Fairchild Air Force Base have dotted the horizon of Spokane, Washington. The base has been so important in Spokane's economy and growth for the second part of the 20th century.
In the early 1940's, an announcement from the Spokane Chamber of Commerce flyer promoting the purchase of the Air Depot site read "We get the Air Depot and Invest in Spokane's big future! Do your part! Do it now! Help Spokane make good on its greatest opportunity! Spokane can! Spokane will!"
When it was finally finished, Colonel Frank M. Kennedy would be the first base commander.
Finally, in June of 1943, on one of three runways, Brigadier General Rudolph landed the first B-17.
by John Toland
From: American Heritage
February 1969, Volume X, Number 2
Major Frank Kennedy is mentioned briefly
in the story of the Shenandoah
There is also a brief mention of Billy Mitchell.
You can read the whole, gripping story by clicking on:
and using the "Find" function on "Kennedy"
From The Early Birds of Aviation ROSTER, 1996