MADISON (WKOW) — It was a big day at Dane County Regional Airport, which is celebrating 80 years since its first commercial flight.
More than 2,000 people were at the airport on Sunday to learn about its history.
There were airfield tours and an up-close look at an F-16 fighter jet and Blackhawk helicopter.
Dane county officials say the airport serves our area in ways that Milwaukee and Chicago can’t.
“Whether it’s a quick flight to New York or you’re going out of the country, when you can just come down to your local airport, for me it’s a 20 minute drive or a cab ride and hop on a plane, and at the end of it all come back and be home, nothing beats that,” said County Executive Joe Parisi.
The airport says only about 1 million Americans took a commercial flight in 1939. DCRA alone serves twice that number each year.
The airport is on pace to see a record number of passengers in 2019.