1987: A maintenance crew works on several of the Wings West/American Eagle fleet on Nov. 19, 1987. Wings West/American Eagle once had headquarters in San Luis Obispo with 250 employees. They maintained their fleet of aircraft at the San Luis Obispo airport.
▪ The airport opened in 1939 and was run by the military until after World War II.
▪ After the war, Southwest Airlines started passenger service in December 1946.
▪ The airport has hosted politicians of all political stripes: Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson stopped at SLO County airport in 1956. Republican icon Ronald Reagan visited often as California’s governor in the 1960s. Author-turned-politician Gore Vidal visited in 1982.
▪ The airport expanded and trained pilots during World War II and now hosts air shows that feature the 1940s aircraft.
▪ It was once home to a San Luis Obispo-founded airline, Swift Aire.
▪ In the 1960s, the airport was used so infrequently that it could be shut down for hours at a time to run road races.
In photos: A history of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
The new San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport terminal's official opening date is Nov. 1, 2017. The facility is 56,000 square feet — almost 40,000 square feet larger than the existing terminal. High ceilings and a new outdoor courtyard are among
The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport's new $39.5 million terminal is expected to be complete and open for incoming flights Nov. 1, 2017. Here's a look at the inside and outside of the new building in a SLO County promotional video.
The Apollo 11 moon landing celebrates its 50th anniversary in July. In 1969, the Central Coast saw San Luis Obispo County floods, a Santa Barbara oil spill and a California Mid-State Fair concert by Buck Owens.