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Air Force One at Olmsted Field / Harrisburg Airport International Airport
The Harrisburg International Airport is located in the Pennsylvania capitol city. Before its current name, the Harrisburg International Airport was known as the Middletown Air Depot at Olmsted. It was the a U.S. Air Force base until 1969 when it officially closed. The federal government was the owner and operator of the Middletown Air Field as the Olmstead air Force Base from the years 1868 to 1966. There were many historical operations held at the base which included the maintenance, testing of aircraft and overhauling. Because of the facility operations done by Harrisburg International Airport and the Air Force Base, contamination occurred. The soil, groundwater and surface water now contained hazardous chemicals. The operations and maintenance are still ongoing, following the cleanup. This location was then taken off the Superfund programs NPL (National Priorities List) in 1997 because they had met the cleanup standards set.
Along with other people, the Harrisburg International Airport is the landing and leaving location of many important people in government including various presidents. The Harrisburg International Airport has been a major part of history that is still being used today. It was originally the site of a U.S. Army Signal Corps location that began in 1898. Military airplanes flew out of what became Olmsted Field in 1918 during WWI as part of the U.S. Army Air Service. In conclusion, the Harrisburg International Airport has been a part of our past, present and future. Many important events have occurred in this location and many important people have been involved with this airport.
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