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The airfield operated from 1925 and in 1929 Mr. E. W. Robertson was granted the first airport permit in Virginia by the State Corporation Commission. Hybla Valley Airport also achieved international interest when Zeppelin's Dr. Hugo Eckener and Captain Ernst Lehmann visited the site and announced that Hybla Valley was the ideal site for an American terminus for the Hindenburg's passenger and mail service. The airfield was also home to a US Navy base, speedway, commercial flights, and pilot training.
Hybla Valley Airport is now the site of modern day retail activity including Five Guys Burger & Fries, Mount Vernon plaza shops ( Home Depot, Michaels, et al), and a residential area with aviation related street names (Piper, Fairchild, Lindberg, Stinson). Friends of Beacon Field Airport, Harry P. Lehman and Anna Marie Hicks, submitted the application for the Hybla Airport Marker and paid for one-half of the marker's cost. In July 2010, the Fairfax County History Commission granted approval. The Fairfax County Historic Marker is the highest recognition awarded by the Fairfax County History Commission (visit FC website for more markers/info).
The US Route 1 Wall of Aviation was dedicated on August 2, 2013, and the text has been listed on the national historic marker database. This wall is a result of Costco's committment to connect with local history. Click here to got directly to the post on hmdb.org !
Plan a visit soon ...free convenient on street parking (Ladson Lane) adjacent to the wall !!
August 2, 2013 --US Route 1 Aviation Panels Dedicated (click for full story)
At high noon on this very warm 85 degree March day, the much anticipated installation of the Hybla Valley Airport Historic Marker was accomplished ! Friends of Beacon Field Airportwere all smiles at the picturesque weather and location courtesy of Five Guys Burger and Fries !!! This marker and other nearby markers are also listed on the national Historic Marker Database website .
The Hybla Valley Airport Marker has LANDED !!
January 25, 2012, Historic Groveton, Va --- Good news !! The Hybla Valley Airport Historic Marker fabrication has been completed and will be installed soon at the end of the old runway which is now the Five Guys Burgers & Fries in Hybla Valley. SEWAH Studios, Inc. located in Marietta, Ohio, manufactured the "Hybla Valley Airport" historic marker.
SEWAH Studios was founded in 1927 by Mr. E. M. Hawes and began operation in what was formerly an organ factory on the west side of historic Marietta, Ohio. In naming the company, Mr. Hawes spelled his last name backwards. The company was purchased by the Smith family in 1954 and a new plant was constructed at the present site in 1959, where today they cast approximately 1200 markers each year.
Historical markers made by Sewah can be found in each of the fifty states and in several foreign countries. Virginia and Fairfax County purchase their official state markers from Sewah Studios. Fairfax County Historic markers are two-sided aluminum castings with letters in raised relief; the word count for Fairfax markers is limited to 100 words.
Historic and custom markers are SEWAH Studios only product and as such they produce the finest marker products in the country. Custom marker fabrication is labor-intensive requiring many skilled craftsmen to create a piece of art from aluminum billets - all of the work is done in-house from the layout, pouring liquid aluminum into a custom mold, thru to the final hand painting. This process takes about 5 days from the layout to the finished marker. SEWAH artist Ms. Kitty Riley is featured below hand painting the detailed Fairfax County seal.
Click on Pics to learn more about the marker fabrication process!
E.W.Robertson, Capt Ernst Lehmann, Bob Ashburn, Dr. Hugo Eckener
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