May 16, 2022

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Airport celebrates 75th anniversary with fuel upgrade

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH — At the start of World War II, the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport was simply a grass strip in the middle of an orange grove.

Around that time, the U.S. Military was keen on securing airfields across the country where pilots could train. The location in the city then became the Navy Outlying Field New Smyrna Beach, which served as an auxiliary field to advanced naval flight training operations.

Remembering this piece of history at the City Commission meeting on April 26, New Smyrna Beach mayor Russ Owen and commissioners took a moment to celebrate not only the airport’s rich war history and its 75th anniversary, but also to approve a fuel-capacity upgrade project as high demand continues to pose challenges.

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