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This Day in Georgia History

March 01, 1943

Rickenbacker Field Completed

To view an image of Rickenbacker Field, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Rickenbacker Field, named for aviation hero Eddie Rickenbacker, was completed in Marietta by the U.S Army’s Corps of Engineers. The field originally was begun in June 1941 as a commercial airport by Cobb County and the Civil Aeronautics Administration. At the time that Marietta was chosen as the site for the Bell Bomber plant, Rickenbacker Field was only partially finished. By March 1942, when the Corps of Engineers took over the project, the CAA had spent $470,000 and engineering fees, while Cobb County had appropriated $269,000 to build the airport. Eventually, the Corps would spent over $2 million more on extensions and improvements, giving Rickenbacker Field some of the best runways in America in terms of length, thickness, and number. (Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University)