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GMU History

  • Opened in 1928 and was initially named Greenville Municipal Airport.
  • In 1930, GMU received its first airmail flight.
  • Amelia Earhart visited GMU the weekend of November 12 - 14, 1931.
  • From 1942 to 1945, GMU served as a US Army Air Corps glider base.
  • Up until 1962, GMU was THE commercial airport for the Greenville area.
  • The terminal was completely renovated in 1991, winning a national award.


 First Air Mail Flight into GMU in 1930
    
                      

Alester G. Furman, Congressman J.J. McSwain, Postmaster                                Pilot Dick Merrill holds his two baby lion mascots as he is greated           
H.A. Costner, Frank G. Hamblen (President of the Chamber of Commerce),           by Mr. Mann and Mr. Costner.
Pilot Pete Branson and Mayor A.C. Mann.
Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC                           C
ourtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC


The Greenville News covered Amelia Earhart's visit 

 

 


                    

            Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society                                       19th Army Air Force Glider Training Detachment around 1941-43
                                                                                                                                         Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC

                     
   Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC                                                       B-24 on South Ramp in 1943
                    
                             Southern Airways Plane                                                                Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC
Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC

 


                         
  Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC                          Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC

                         
Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC                           Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC

                        
Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC                           Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC

                         

Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC                           Courtesy of Greenville County Historical Society, Greenville, SC

                         

                            Terminal Lobby in the 1950s                                                                                                       DC-3 at GMU in 1954
                                Photographer Unknown                                                                                             Courtesy of Joe Jordan Photography

 

                                                                                                Terminal in 1991
                                                                                            Photographer Unknown