Business View Magazine | April 2020

111 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE APRIL 2020 Quincy R E G I O N A L A I R P O R T Q uincy Regional Airport, also known as Baldwin Field, is a commercial and general aviation airport located 12 miles east of Quincy, a city in Adams County, Illinois. The Airport was named after Thomas S. Baldwin, an inventor and aviator who was known as the “Father of the American Dirigible.” As a young man, Baldwin was a circus performer who, in 1887, made the first descent by an American from a hot air balloon by parachute, and thereafter toured the country with his feats of aerial daring-do. In 1904, Baldwin built an aerodynamic, cigar-shaped, hydrogen-filled dirigible called the California Arrow, using a seven- horse-power, Hercules motorcycle engine, and received the Aero Club of America’s first balloon pilot certificate. Baldwin’s interest in the sky began turning to airplanes, and in 1909, he started working for the Curtis Project, building practical models. In 1910, he completed his first airplane, the “Red Devil,” and was issued Aviator License #7. On September 10th of that year, Baldwin made Providing access to the world