The Purdue Airport was a busy facility, used by both the campus and the community by 1964, when this photograph was taken. Founded in 1930, it was the first university owned and operated airport in the country. (Photo: Purdue University)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Purdue Airlines

With Purdue University consistently looking for ways to get ahead in the aviation world, the university looked to the skies as its next resource. The West Lafayette-based university had already made records in the 1930s when it became the first academic institution to own an airport, with the creation of Purdue University Airport on November 1, 1930. The airport had gained quite a popularity with Amelia Earhart storing her Lockheed Model 1 at the airport when she was a faculty…