Take time to explore Pearson Field's rich history and continuing role as an important link in the transportation system of the region. In 2001, the National Air Transportation Association named it one of America's 100 "Most Needed" Airports.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division, each year Pearson Field and Museum attract 39,500 visitors to Vancouver, generates $26,998,080 and supports roughly 460 jobs. Funded by users of the airfield, Pearson receives no operational funding from the City.
Pearson Field is one of the oldest operating airfields in the US and in September 2012 received national recognition through the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a historic aerospace site.
Located directly east of I-5 and just north of Highway 14 and the Columbia River, Pearson Field is easily accessible by land and air. The airport is operated by the City of Vancouver, Washington, which owns 61.8 acres of the 134.4-acre airport site. The remaining 72.6 acres are owned by the National Park Service and lie within the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Pearson Field is the only airport in the U.S. that operates totally within the boundaries of a national historic reserve.
The site itself has seen many aviation firsts, with its use as an airfield dating back to a dirigible landing in 1905. Today the airport is home to the Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center, which combine a celebration of aviation history with hands-on demonstrations involving the science of flight.
Aero Maintenance Inc. is located on the field, offering a full range of parts and services, flight training, and scenic flights to Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and elsewhere - all just a short flight away.
Whether you want to see the sights, rent a hangar, learn to fly, or re-live a colorful slice of aviation history, Pearson Field has it all.