- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
In a fascinating four-part series this week about aviation at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, reporter Melissa Miller has given us a glimpse of the rich flying tradition this area holds. During World War II Harris Field, later taken over by the city, trained hundreds of military pilots. Over the years the airport has welcomed presidents, would-be presidents, entertainers and a host of famous men and women.
This background will help visitors to the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival Saturday and Sunday have a better understanding of the airport's history and impact on Southeast Missouri over the years.
We are also indebted to Stan Crader, a Marble Hill native who resides in Jackson, for bringing us another bit of aviation history with area ties. He has collected details about Ira Biffle, a Bollinger County native who grew up on a farm near Patton and went on to become one of the first pilots in what became the Army Air Corps. Later, Biffle was a flight instructor in Lincoln, Neb. One of his students was a young Army colonel by the name of Charles Lindbergh.
The Cape Girardeau area is fortunate to have a first-rate airport. This weekend, join the celebration.