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5985 United Express ORD
Chicago OHare
3:14pm On Time
3998 Delta Connection DTW
Detroit
4:34pm On Time
6030 United Express ORD
Chicago OHare
4:59pm On Time
5552 Delta Connection ATL
Atlanta
7:45pm On Time
5176 United Express ORD
Chicago OHare
7:54pm On Time
4492 Delta Connection DTW
Detroit
8:34pm On Time
4482 Delta Connection MSP
Minneapolis
9:34pm On Time
748 Allegiant Air SFB
Orlando Sanford
8:55am On Time
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3328 Delta Connection DTW
Detroit
1:45pm Departed
3481 Delta Connection ATL
Atlanta
2:00pm Departed
5985 United Express ORD
Chicago OHare
3:50pm On Time
6030 United Express ORD
Chicago OHare
5:29pm On Time
3998 Delta Connection DTW
Detroit
5:55pm On Time
4547 Delta Connection ATL
Atlanta
6:30am On Time
4692 Delta Connection DTW
Detroit
7:00am On Time
4997 United Express ORD
Chicago OHare
7:30am On Time

History of SBN

South Bend Airport...How It Came to Be

 

Daring Barnstormers and Amazing "Birdmen" The Graf Zeppelin and the Blue Angels Jimmy Stewart and Jimmy Doolittle The Bendix Trophy and the Studebaker Cup The Figure Eight and the "Dip of Death" Amelia Earhart and Knute Rockne

 

A tradition peopled by great men and women of vision:
That's South Bend Airport. Ever since the dashing French aviator, René Simon, first touched down in South Bend in 1911 marking the area's first recorded airplane flight, the Michiana region has played an exciting and often pivotal role in aviation history. For more than sixty years, beginning in 1929 when local industrialist Vincent Bendix began constructing the airport, South Bend Airport has been a proud participant in that rich tradition and heritage. Back then, the airport logged a handful of flights on a chalkboard that was posted outdoors, near a dirt runway.

 

1911

First flight in South BendFrench aviator, René Simon, completes the first successful flight in South Bend before a crowd of 30,000 excited onlookers.

1919

U.S. Army Lieuts. Leigh S. Sellers and George McCabe "barnstorm" the area performing sensational aerial stunts. They also offer the region's first commercial air service.

1928

Pilots gather for the St. Joe Valley Aviation Air Show to compete for the coveted Studebaker loving cup.

1929

Graf Zeppelin World TourA German dirigible, the Graf Zeppelin, flies over St. Joseph County on its World Tour. Vincent Bendix, founder of the Bendix Aviation Corporation, purchases 610 acres northwest of South Bend to build an airport.

1931

Major James H. DoolittleThe inaugural Bendix Trophy race from Los Angeles to Cleveland is won by Major James H. Doolittle. His average speed is 223 miles per hour.

1933

In a ceremony attended by more than 20,000 spectators, Vincent Bendix christens the airport the "Bendix Municipal Airport."

1936

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart lands her Lockheed Electra at Bendix Field just a few months before her aircraft disappeared in an attempted around-the-world flight. The city purchases Bendix Field from Vincent Bendix for $198,000. The field is renamed Bendix Field - St. Joseph County Airport; after ownership is transferred to the county.

1941

SBN Administration BuildingThe airport's administration building has arrivals and departures posted outside.

WWII 1942-1945

Homer StockertHomer Stockert serves as chief test pilot for the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane. Stockert operated the Stockert Flying Service for 42 years at the airport, teaching over 1,000 men and women to fly.

1949

New terminal with control tower completed at the airport.

1957

Notre Dame victory over ArmyA wildly cheering crowd of 3,000 persons welcome home the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team after a 23-21 victory over Army.

1960

President Eisenhower arrives at the airportPresident Eisenhower arrives at the airport. Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton have all landed at South Bend Airport.

1962

Last Bendix Trophy race is won by Capt. John Walton. His average speed is 1,214 miles per hour… 5 times as fast as the first race!

1967

United Airlines inaugurates commercial jet service at the airport with a flight from South Bend to New York City by way of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1971

Airport surveillance radar systemAirport surveillance radar system put in use by air traffic controllers.

1974

Creation of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority. Name changed to Michiana Regional Airport to reflect the regional character of the airport.

1976

Airport hosts M. R. A. Air Show. Navy Blue Angels, Army Huey Helicopters, US Golden Knights and Air Force Thunderbirds are among performers at airport air shows in 1975, 1983, 1984 and 1987.

1979

New air traffic control towerNew air traffic control tower is completed.

1981

Dedication of a new multi-modal terminal featuring air and interstate bus service.

1986

Airport is granted Foreign Trade Zone status by the US Department of Commerce, which provides a valuable tool for businesses involved in foreign trade.

1987

Michiana Regional welcomes the International Summer Special Olympics Games. Over 100 Cessna jet aircraft land at the airport in one day bringing participants from all around the country.

1992

South Shore rail service begins at airportSouth Shore rail service begins at the airport. Michiana Regional now features multi-modal air, intercity rail, and interstate bus service.

1994

A record number of airline passengers, totaling 859,230 are served at Michiana Regional Transportation Center.

2001

The South Bend Airport has an economic impact of nearly $323 million, demonstrating that the airport is a key part of the economic health of the greater Michiana community and will be a major force in its future growth and prosperity.

2002

To support the future development of aviation and related aeronautical businesses, the airport completes the first phase of a new Master Plan. Thirteen hundred feet of pavement was added to the main runway, bringing it to 8,400 feet; two adjacent taxiways were also lengthened. Future expansion is planned as the airport enters a new century of flight.

2003

South Bend Airport commemorated the 100th anniversary of powered flight by welcoming a national air tour of 25 vintage airplanes to the airport and by hosting a community-wide celebration.

2004

SBRA completes a $619,000 parking improvement program, in conjunction with Republic Parking, which manages the operation at SBRA. The improvements include the introduction of valet parking, as well as two new payment options: ticketless and pay-on-foot. In addition, the airport began offering the first 15 minutes free in the short-term lot.

 

The redesigned website for SBRA includes a host of new features, as well as Real-Time Flight Information, which gives up-to-the-minute changes in flight schedules. Other technology improvements include an update of the flight information system and a new Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) service that allows airport patrons to log on to the Internet for a nominal fee.

 

One of the largest air freight companies in the world, Airborne/DHL completes a new 50,000-square-foot facility at SBRA to replace an older building.

2005

SBRA is reported to generate nearly $380 million in economic activity in the Michiana region, according to an economic impact study by the Aviation Association of Indiana. It is an increase of $20 million over a study conducted two years earlier.

 

Allegiant Air begins nonstop service to Las Vegas and Orlando/Sanford airports.

2006

SBRA's first "Stakeholder of the Year" award is presented to Republic Parking System in recognition of the company's significant parking improvements at the airport over the past two years.

 

SBRA is a recipient of the Supplier Diversity Economic Empowerment Award from the Minority and Women Business Development Office of St. Joseph County.

 

President George W. Bush arrives at the South Bend Airport on February 23.

 

SBRA creates the William T. Schmidt Lifetime Education and Achievement Award to honor individuals in the fire, police and EMS fields. Schmidt was a consultant for SBRA on aircraft rescue and firefighting matters for several years up to his passing in 1994. The inaugural Schmidt Awards for 2005 and 2006 are presented, respectively, to Lt. Keith Schweizer of the South Bend Police Department and Chief Luther Taylor of the South Bend Fire Department.

2007

A milestone is reached on SBRA's long-range Master Airport Improvement Plan, with the completion of an 1,100-foot addition to the North-South runway for a total of 7,100 feet.

 

The Air Traffic Quarterly Report lists SBRA as the top airport in the Great Lakes Region in domestic load factor (percentage of seats filled on each flight), exceeding both O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.

 

Service to Indianapolis, with a continuation to Evansville, begins Nov. 13 via Cape Air.