What historic events are noted to have occurred at Louisville Bowman Field? Bowman Field is the birthplace of Louisville’s aviation. It was established in 1919 and opened in 1920 as Louisville’s first airfield. Bowman is one of the longest continuously operating general aviation airports in the United States.
On August 8th, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed the “Spirit of Saint Louis” at Bowman Field to a crowd of 10,000 spectators and was welcomed with much fanfare. A parade followed from the airport to downtown. The visit was part of Charles Lindbergh’s U.S. tour following his historic solo flight on May 20-21, 1927 from Roosevelt Field across the Atlantic Ocean to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France.