The Ford Airport
At this airport, built by Henry Ford in 1924, world and national history was made, ushering in a new era of flight embracing the all-metal airliner, radio control devices, air mail, scheduled flights, and the airline services that the generation of the 1930's came to expect.
For the first time in the world:
--- A hotel, the Dearborn Inn, was designed and built for the air traveler;
--- A guided flight of a commercial airliner was made by radio.
For the first time in the U.S.A.:
--- An all-metal, multi-engine, commercial air-liner was built;
--- A regularly scheduled passenger airline in continuous domestic service was inaugurated;
--- An airline terminal for passenger use was constructed.
The airport's closing in 1933 ended Ford's experimental work in aviation.