Greenville Downtown Airport - GMU
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Our Place In History

The Greenville Downtown Airport (Airport Identifier - GMU)
Opened in 1928, the airport was initially named Greenville Municipal Airport.
In 1930, GMU received its first airmail flight.
From 1942 to 1945, GMU served as a US Army Air Corps glider base.
In 1954, Charles Lindbergh dedicated the opening of a new terminal.
Up until 1962, GMU was THE commercial airport for the Greenville area.
The terminal was completely renovated in 1991, winning a national award.
GMU is the 2nd oldest airport in South Carolina; Spartanburg Downtown Airport opened six months earlier than GMU.
GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina.
 
1889
Edouard and Andre Michelin established Michelin in France, which became the largest tire manufacturer in the world.  (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

1903
The Wright Flyer (built by Wilbur and Orville Wright) completed the first powered, manned, heavier-than-air, controlled flight. (near Kitty Hawk, NC)

1912
Glenn L. Martin established the Glenn L. Martin Company, an American aircraft company that produced many important military aircraft. (Los Angeles, California)

1912
Allan and Malcolm Lockheed founded the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company, which was later renamed the Lockheed Aircraft Manufacturing Company. (San Francisco, CA)

1914
Michelin converted a factory to the production of Breguet bombers to serve in World War I. Michelin donated the first 100 to France and sold the rest at cost. By the end of the war, Michelin had produced 1,884 of these bombers. (Douai, France)

1916
Michelin built the first paved runway in the world. (Aulnat, France.)

1916
The Pacific Aero Products Company is incorporated by William E. Boeing and in 1917 its name is changed to Boeing Airplane Company. (Seattle, WA)

1918
Airmail service through the U.S. Post Office, began. (Washington, DC through Philadelphia to New York City)

1939
Igor Sikorsky, an immigrant from Russia, develops the VS-300, one of the first practical single rotor helicopters.  (Stratford, CT)

1961
The Glenn L. Martin Company merged with the American-Marietta Company to form Martin Marietta. (Bethesda, MD)
 
1995
Lockheed Corporation merged 
with Martin Marietta to form Lockheed Martin, one of the largest aerospace, defense and technology companies in the world. (Bethesda, MD)


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