Branson & Orr Airport was Lubbock’s first quest in commercial aviation

Editor’s Note: This week’s Caprock Chronicles is written by Lubbock-based author and aviation historian John McCullough, who holds a master’s degree in history from Texas Tech. This article is about Lubbock’s first airport, Branson & Orr Airport, a private commercial venture located in the northern part of the city.

Before Lubbock Municipal Airport opened in 1930, there was Branson & Orr Airport. Ben Branson and Dayton Orr were Lubbock’s early aviation pioneers. Had their initial business venture been more profitable, they could have enjoyed lasting careers as aviation leaders in Lubbock and West Texas.

At the end of the 1920s, Ben Branson, originally from Dallas, decided to open the first airport in Lubbock. He located it a mile and a half north of the Lubbock County Courthouse and just east of the Amarillo Freeway, now IH-27. He partnered with Lubbock native Dayton Orr, a novice pilot several years his junior, to operate the airfield as a private enterprise.

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