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Plaque commemorating the 1950 dedication of Montgomery Field by the City to John Montgomery, an aviation pioneer who in 1884-1886 made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air flights in the United States with a glider designed in 1883. The airport opened in 1937 as 'Gibbs Field' as a clay and gravel surface airfield. During World War II, control was assumed by U.S. Air Force, who built three hard runways.