History

  • Before construction of paved runways in 1940, flights into Bismarck landed in a cow pasture.

    Before construction of paved runways in 1940, flights into Bismarck landed in a cow pasture.

  • In June 1931, Northwest Airways landed at Bismarck Airport, marking the first commercial passenger flight into Bismarck. An early Northwest flight crew is pictured here.

    In June 1931, Northwest Airways landed at Bismarck Airport, marking the first commercial passenger flight into Bismarck. An early Northwest…

  • The first control tower was built on the bed of a truck raised on a platform.

    The first control tower was built on the bed of a truck raised on a platform.

  • Founded in 1926, Northwest Airways’ first business focus was flying mail routes for the U.S. Postal Service.

    Founded in 1926, Northwest Airways’ first business focus was flying mail routes for the U.S. Postal Service.

  • One of 16 Kellet K-2 Autogyros visited Bismarck in the 1930s.

    One of 16 Kellet K-2 Autogyros visited Bismarck in the 1930s.

  • Air traffic controllers began guiding flights in 1951, reducing staffing from 11 to six. This structure was replaced in 1976.

    Air traffic controllers began guiding flights in 1951, reducing staffing from 11 to six. This structure was replaced in 1976.

  • Beech Aircraft manufactured the Beech 18 from 1937 to 1969. This early aircraft visited “KBIS” – the identifier for Bismarck Airport.

    Beech Aircraft manufactured the Beech 18 from 1937 to 1969. This early aircraft visited “KBIS” – the identifier for Bismarck…

  • The Bismarck Municipal Airport terminal was built in 1936 and is pictured here mid-winter.

    The Bismarck Municipal Airport terminal was built in 1936 and is pictured here mid-winter.

  • Mid-Continent originated a north-south route between Tulsa and Bismarck in 1939, discontinued service during World War II and resumed the route in 1946.

    Mid-Continent originated a north-south route between Tulsa and Bismarck in 1939, discontinued service during World War II and resumed the…