History

KENT STATE AIRPORT HISTORY
Year Event
1917 Kent State University Airport reported to be one of the first airports in the state of Ohio. First used as an en route landing field by pilots ferrying World War I Jennys to other parts of the United States from Canada.
1920 Airport opens to the public under the name of Stow Aviation Field.
1925 Al T. Simmons and Hugh Robbins form Robbins Flying Service.
1930 Robbins Flying Service built a small service hangar which is today part of the Maintenance hangar. During the early1930s, such notable flyers as Charles Lindbergh, Floyd Bennet and Eddie Rickenbacker flew from the field.
1939 Rudy Van Devere purchased the farm land that facilitates the airport. Airport became known as Stow Field.
1943 Kent State University purchased the airport from Rudy Van Devere then leased back the airport to Ray Van Devere. Stow Field renamed Kent State University Airport.
1947 Large Army surplus aircraft hangar was constructed and the present Aerospace Technology program was started during the 1947 school year.
1965 North-South runway paved and a 14 unit "T" Hangar was constructed.
1966 Airfield named Andrew W. Paton Field in honor of the professor who taught the University's first aerospace course in 1947.
1982 Constructed North end of the North-South parallel taxiway.
1983 Constructed South end of the North-South parallel taxiway. Constructed Southern runway extension (60').
1985 Visual Approach Slope Indicators landing guidance system installed.
1987 North-South runway extended from 3065' to 3950'.
1989 Aircraft parking ramp/apron expanded to 120' by 360'. Constructed final 50' section of North-South runway making it 4,000' in length.
1999 Airport runway, taxiway, ramp/apron resurfaced.
2006 Kent State achieved Council on Aviation Accreditation of all four of its bachelor degree programs- aeronautical studies, aeronautical systems engineering technology, aviation management, and flight technology.
2007 Kent State received FAA authorization for the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program.
2010 Kent State Precision Flight Team awarded Loening trophy, presented annually to the outstanding all around collegiate aviation program in the nation.
2011 Kent State received accreditation reaffirmation of all four bachelor degree programs, and air traffic control program achieved initial Council on Aviation Accreditation.
2012 Kent State named as a member of a team of universities to lead a new FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS).