When flying machines were all the rage
A half-century and more ago, Delaware County was dotted with
airfields and planes might swoop along a street.
Feb. 9, 1992
By Robert F. O'Neill
Special To The Philadelphia Inquirer
Delaware County has had a long-standing romance with flying machines.
The oldest landing "field" in the county isn't on land, and is still in business. It's the Philadelphia Seaplane Base in Essington, started in 1915 by Col. Robert Glendinning, a wealthy Philadelphian who owned a Curtiss Flying Boat. Today, the base is owned and operated by Bob Mills, 72, whose father, Frank, was Glendinning's chief pilot, instructor and mechanic before he purchased the facility, which includes 10 acres of land, in 1936. Frank Mills died in 1940.
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