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Naples Municipal Airport: Past, present and future

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Ted Soliday, executive director of the Naples Municipal Airport, poses for a portrait on the airfield Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Soliday believes there is a demand for commercial service out of Naples, but admits the airline industry is facing significant challenges.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff Ted Soliday, executive director of the Naples Municipal Airport, poses for a portrait on the airfield Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Soliday believes there is a demand for commercial service out of Naples, but admits the airline industry is facing significant challenges.

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  • A group of U.S. Army servicemen and armament shop crew stand in front of an armament shop at the Naples Air Field during World War II in 1944, a year before the airfield who no longer be used in the war effort. Standing from left to right are Private Cook, Sgt. Matsek, Private Medlin and PFC Thompson. Seated from left to right are Corporal Ray Knapp, captain Hunt and Private Schell. Courtesy of Collier County Museum - Raymond C. Knapp Collection
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Naples Municipal Airport Executive Director Ted Soilday on the airfield of Naples Municipal Airport on Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013.
  • U.S. Army Air Force servicemen Private John Johnson, left, and Corporal Raymond Knapp are seen in this 1944 picture taken at the airfield. The US government would turn the field over to local authorities when the war ended. Courtesy of Collier County Museum  - Raymond C. Knapp Collection
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The left motor of the historic Ford Tri-Motor airplane overlooks Naples Bay as the plane takes off from Naples Municipal Airport, Thursday, March 29, 2012. The aircraft was on a historic tour through Florida. The airport maintains a museum on its premises.
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Delta offered commercial flights out of the Naples Municipal Airports main terminal until 2007 when they left the airport. The airline served more than 140,000 passengers while at the airport but pulled out when the 40-passeger aircraft being used at Naples were eliminated.
  • The Naples Airdrome undergoes construction June 7, 1943. The U.S. government built airdromes like the one in Naples all of the country as the war effort demanded trained Air Force pilots. 
Courtesy of The Museum of Military Memorabilia
  • U.S. Army Air Force servicemen from the Naples airfield gather for a group photo Sept. 24, 1944, during a squadron party on the Naples beach during World War II.  Service men at the airport were trained to become gunners, bomber crews and fighter pilots. 
Courtesy of Collier County Museum - Raymond C. Knapp Collection
  • An Airtran Airways plane takes off as a JetBlue aircraft sits at the Southwest Florida International Airport.
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Crews work to store planes inside a hangar before the arrival of Hurricane Isaac at the Naples Municipal Airport Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.
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Airplanes circulate through the Naples Municipal Airport on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The airport is primarily used by charter jets and private pilots these days.
  • Jack Tuers, a line technician at the Naples Airport, directs a private jet to the runway on Sept. 1, 2010. Greg Kahn/Staff
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Ted Soliday, executive director of the Naples Municipal Airport, poses for a portrait on the airfield Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Soliday believes there is a demand for commercial service out of Naples, but admits the airline industry is facing significant challenges.

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