Bowman Field

2815 Taylorsville Rd
Louisville KY  40205

Phone: (502) 368-6524

Bowman Field is a public airport five miles (8 km) southeast of downtown Louisville, in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The airport covers 426 acres (1.7 km²) and has two runways. The FAA calls it a reliever airport for nearby Louisville International Airport.HistoryBowman Field is Kentucky's first commercial airport and is the oldest continually operating commercial airfield in North America. The airport has played a vital role in the growth of the country's aviation industry. It was founded by Abram H. Bowman, who was drawn to aviation by the interest generated during World War I.Bowman found an outlet for his enthusiasm after meeting and forming a brief partnership with Louisvillian Robert H. Gast, a pilot and World War I veteran of the Royal Flying Corps. Bowman leased a parcel of land east of Louisville from the U.S. Government in 1919 to operate the airfield, which opened in 1921.The first business ventures began with the aerial photography business in 1921, and the 465th Pursuit Squadron (Reserve) began operations at Bowman Field in 1922.Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at the airport in 1927, viewed by 10,000 spectators.

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Bowman Field Aviation Festival

Bowman Field Aviation Festival
09:00 am - 10/06/2018

At Bowman Field

Taste of Louisville

Taste of Louisville
06:00 pm - 10/18/2017

At Bowman Field

Jill's Wish is very excited and grateful to have been one of 2 charities beingsuorted by the 2017 Taste of Louisville. Please come join us for a night of food,...

Bowman Field Aviation and Military Heritage Festival Oct. 14-15

Bowman Field Aviation and Military Heritage Festival Oct. 14-15
09:00 am - 10/14/2017

At Bowman Field

Presented by Humana Military Bowman Field Saturday and Sunday October 14 - Saturday 9AM – 5PM October 15 - Sunday 9AM – 4PM Tickets - $10pp, Under 16 -...

Aviation and Military Heritage Festival

Aviation and Military Heritage Festival
08:00 am - 10/14/2017

At Bowman Field

Col. Bill Hayes is looking for volunteers to man a static aircraft display at this event to showcase our squadron and CAP. What we need are volunteers to be in CAP...

Bowman Field 4 Miler Run - Oct. 14

Bowman Field 4 Miler Run - Oct. 14
07:30 am - 10/14/2017

At Bowman Field

The 2nd annual Bowman Field Four Miler presented by the Independent Pilots Association is sure to become your favorite fun-run in Louisville with a unique course...

Comprehensive Plan Forum #3

Comprehensive Plan Forum #3
06:00 pm - 05/30/2017

At Bowman Field

Develop Louisville will hold nine open house forums for the public to view the work completed to date on the Comprehensive Plan update and provide feedback. Develop...

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race
07:00 am - 04/29/2017

At Bowman Field

The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race is one of Louisville’s beloved family traditions. In 2017, the Derby Festival will again feature both...

BFF Program

BFF Program
06:00 pm - 12/01/2016

At Bowman Field

42nd Annual Taste of Louisville

42nd Annual Taste of Louisville
06:00 pm - 10/07/2015

At Bowman Field

Join Louisville pure tap® at the 42nd Annual Taste of Louisville to benefit The Salvation Army! The Kentucky Restaurant Association (KRA), Louisville Chapter...

Athena's Sisters Participation in Spirit of 45 Commemoration

Athena's Sisters Participation in Spirit of 45 Commemoration
11:00 am - 08/15/2015

At Bowman Field

You are invited to a great event to commemorate the ending of WWII. This is one opportunity to honor all our WWII Veterans and the Greatest Generation! Details...

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