• Steve Barnett

Aeroplane Repairs to Be Made Near City


From The Indianapolis News, Friday, January 4: All United States Army aeroplanes east of the Mississippi River and north of the Ohio River needing supplies or repair will be brought to the government aviation warehouse and repair station now under construction on a twenty-acre lot southwest of the Speedway. Repair of aeroplane bodies will be in the main building and a smaller building will be for repairing motors. Plans include four barracks to house enlisted men working at the facility along with bachelor quarters for officers and six houses for married officers. A dining hall, a commissary, and several warehouses are included. Twenty-five officers and six hundred enlisted men, along with one hundred civilian employees will be working at the plant. Indianapolis was selected for the aviation warehouse and repair station through the efforts of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

“Aeroplane Repairs to Be Made Near City,” The Indianapolis News, 4 January 1918, p. 1:7

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