Works Progress Administration (WPA) Airport Inspection Scrapbook

In 1937, the Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Airways and Airports Division organized an airport inspection trip to review work undertaken at various airports under the WPA's auspices, to determine what work still needed done to develop the nation's aviation infrastructure, and to evaluate which of those future projects could be undertaken by the WPA. Inspection trip members were Corrington C. Gill (Assistant Federal Administrator, WPA); Walter Sumpter Smith (Principal Aeronautical Engineer, WPA); Alexis B. McMullen (Chief of Airport, Mapping and Marking Section, Bureau of Air Commerce); Lotha A. Smith (Official Observer for the War Department); Lester D. Gardner (Secretary, Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences); Gill Robb Wilson (President, National Association of State Aviation Officials); Fred L. Smith (Executive Assistant to the President of the National Aeronautic Association); and J. Frank Roberson (Secretary for the group). Members traveled on a Douglas C-33 which departed from Bolling Field, Washington, DC operated by a US Army Air Corps crew. The trip, which took place from October 16 to November 5, 1937, covered more than 11,000 miles and included visits to 30 states.