Throwback Thursday: tractors help 1940s passengers take flight

For most of us, tractors bring to mind farm work, fields, and crops, or maybe even a tractor pull, but they are not likely to call to mind an airport.

Yet when the Rochester Airport was located at Lobb Field on 3rd Avenue SE just south of 12th Street SE, you would have seen just that. This History Center of Olmsted County photo from November 4, 1940, shows a Northwest Airlines DC-3 named City of Rochester and an International Harvester tractor that was used to taxi it and other aircraft around the airfield.

Safe to say while the current location of the Rochester International Airport is surrounded by cornfields, no tractors are making it onto the runway anytime soon.

Jacob Murphey

Jacob Murphey

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