Asphalt Institute and aviation – 91 years of cooperation

By Wayne Jones, P.E.

One of the earliest presentations on airfield paving in the Asphalt Institute’s (AI) archives appears to be in 1928 when Col H. H. Blee, Chief of the Airport Section, Aeronautics Branch, U.S. Department of Commerce spoke at the organizations’ co-sponsored 7th Annual Asphalt Conference in December.

During his presentation entitled “Airports and Airways”, Blee stated “the airplane has emerged from the chrysalis of doubt and uncertainty and has stretched forth its wings and taken off over the airway of success and now we are indeed standing on the threshold of the era of air transportation.”