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Reno Air Mail Field / Blanch Field

GPS: 39.501464, -119.816468

The first airmail planes landed in Reno on September 9, 1920 before the hangar was started and soon after the field was leveled.

The pilot was Stanhope S. Boggs, he landed at 12:50 o'clock and flew in from the east.

The hangar was formally dedicated April 18, 1921.

The hangar built at the Reno Air Mail Station marks a new and radical departure in hangar construction. It is built entirely of corrugated asbestos and corrugated wire glass with a frame of steel. The building is 105 feet by 105 feet overall, with a clear vertical head room of eighteen feet. The door is 100 feet long and twenty-one feet high and is hung on pivots at the top of the door jamb and swings outward in opening. It is counterbalanced by a concrete counterweight weighing 37,500 pounds. This door can be opened in 20 seconds. Joseph Baermann Strauss designed the hanger.

Light for the hangar was furnished by wire glass, four courses of which traversed the roof, while a course was placed on each side wall.

The hangar was dismantled on August 15, 1935 to make way for Reno's new expansive golf course. It was stored at the United Airlines field in a pile of pieces.

It is unknown if it was ever used again or what happened to it. Many people tried to buy or lease it over the years. If you know what happened to it please let us know.

Thu, Aug 15, 1935 – Page 3 · Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) · Newspapers.com 

Location / Airway

Location / Name

NEVADA:  Washoe County

Air Mail Station Reno Nevada, Transcontinental control stop, Western Division San Francisco-Salt Lake airway, AKA Reno Aerial Mail Field, Reno Municipal Airport; Blanchfield Field; Blanch Field

Hangar location 1921-1935 GPS: 39.501464, -119.816468
Memorial Marker GPS: 39.498141, -119.812771

Transcontinental Airway

Route established September 8, 1920

Pilots Log February 21, 1921

Salt Lake City to Reno section
437. Reno, Nev.-The air mail field at Reno lies 2 miles west of the city. The main runway lies east and west. The field is marked by a T and wind indicator. and landing from four ways is unobstructed. Reno is 4,497 feet above sea level. Whenever possible it is advisable to leave the Reno field on the east-west runway, taking off to the east. A slight downgrade enables the ship to quickly obtain flying speed. Just beyond the east edge of the field the ground is extremely and there is a huge ditch here.

Reno to San Francisco section.
0. Leaving the Reno field the pilot should head his ship southwest and gain altitude of at least 10,000 feet to pass safely over the Sierras. Practically all of this altitude should be obtained near the field before starting on the course.

Night Airmail

Flights started on July 1, 1924

Contract Air Mail

CAM #18 San Francisco CA-Chicago IL
Route established July 1, 1927
San Francisco-Salt Lake airway
Reno-Elko section
Boeing Air Transport awarded CAM #18 on January 28, 1927


Bulletins, Observations and Notes

Joseph Baermann Strauss (January 9, 1870 – May 16, 1938)

He designed the Air Mail Hangar in Reno.

He was the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pdf Spanning the Golden Gate tells how the bridge was built






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