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    1930s: The airstrip that became the Portland Municipal Airport and then the Jetport was created in the 1920s by a Portland dentist who was interested in aviation. It was known as the Stroudwater Flying Field. The airport was renamed the Portland Westbrook Municipal Airport (PWM) in the 1930s when the City of Portland purchased it.

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    1939 or 1940: Portland Municipal Airport runway and terminal, from southwest. "Planes ready to leave Portland for Sanford."

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    1940: Airmen! Wondering how to get to the Portland Municipal Airport? Follow the arrow on top of the Fidelity Trust Building.

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    1940: Aerial view of Portland Municipal Airport runways and hangar, from east. Westbrook Street at top left.

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    1940s: Lost? The roof of this building gave airmen some directions, helpfully pointing southwest to the airport with the distance (3 miles) and also indicating North. The house was 42 Sherwood Street, Laurence H. Stubbs home ("Stubby's House") next to the Grand Trunk Railroad tracks in East Deering.

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    1940: Lacking a caption for this photo means that the reason for the crowd at the Municipal Airport is unknown.

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    1940s: Portland Municipal Airport, from southeast with the Maine Youth Center in foreground.

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    1941: Administration building, at Portland Municipal Airport. The building served as the terminal and had (at this point) a very small control tower.

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    1941: Boston-Maine Airways was started by the Boston and Maine Railroad and the Maine Central Railroad in the early 1930s. The airline became Northeast Airlines in 1940 and eventually Delta Airlines.

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    1948: The almost deserted terminal in the Portland Municipal Airport control tower building.

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    1949: Terminal and tower, Portland Municipal Airport.

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    1953: The Guy Gannett Newspapers and Radio Stations of Maine's plane at the airport.

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    1955: The alert control tower crew at the Portland Municipal Airport.

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    1956: Northeast Airlines plane and light crew at Portland Municipal Airport.

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    1957: Parking was not a problem at the Portland Municipal Airport.

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    1960: A view of Portland Municipal Airport's administration building and terminal with the tower. Vice President and presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon and his wife, Pat, are in the first car of a small motorcade in this August photograph.

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    1960: Portland Municipal Airport with two Northeast Airlines planes on the tarmac.

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    1963: Boarding from Gate 1 at the Portland Municipal Airport. People dressed up when they traveled by air.

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    1965 : Interior view of Maine Aviation building at the Portland Municipal Airport.

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    1967: Portland Municipal Airport, with terminal building construction in September.

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    1967: Portland Municipal Airport runway construction in November.

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    1967: A view of the new terminal and runway (foreground) in November. The old administration building can be seen in the background left.

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    1968: Portland Municipal Airport terminal under construction.

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    1968: Waiting to board in the old terminal as the new terminal was under construction in early January. Jets began landing at the airport in 1968.

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