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Letters to the Editor

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
July 10, 2020
Posted in: Letters to the Editor

Portion of a December 1932 airplane navigation chart. (Library of Congress collection)

Curious about airport near Tinplate Hil

As a member of the “sport” aviation community, I was having a discussion with like-minded individuals about an aerial picture of the Duquesne bridge area of McKeesport that I saw years ago. 

In the picture was a small airport (a grass field) along the shore of the Monongahela River just downstream from the bridge on the McKeesport side.

Today that area is a railroad yard, and I can't find any reference to an airfield that used to be there probably back in the ’20s or ’30s.  Can you shed some light on my very-dusty memory?

Paul Jencka

Editor: I’ve never heard of any airfield in that part of McKeesport or Duquesne, but it's possible there was.

I looked at some navigational charts from the 1930s and 1940s, and it's not indicated (but if it was a private airstrip, or only existed for a short time, it might not have been shown).

There was once a float-plane landing area on the Monongahela River in the 1940s, but it was closer to Glassport and Dravosburg.

Can anyone help Paul? —JT

U.S. Steel veteran recalls National Works

Re: “National Works Closed 30 Years Ago This Year” (November 01, 2017)

I worked in there from Dec. 18, 1964, until the last day. I really enjoyed it, and met and worked with a lot of great people. I started as a laborer and left as a relief foreman at the quench and temper line. I worked in every department except the hot mill and ERW line.

John Zelinski
Pipe Creek, Texas

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Originally published July 10, 2020.

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