Flying Dutchman” airport in Somerton


The next meeting of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network will be Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM at historic Pennepack Baptist Church, 8732 Krewstown Road 19115 Philadelphia, in Bustleton.

In honor of Black History Month, the topic will be Emory Conrad Malick (1881-1958), the first licensed African American aviator. Malick received his international pilot’s license in 1912 and in the late 1920s reportedly helped establish the “Flying Dutchman” airport in Somerton in Northeast Philadelphia.The program will be given by Mary Groce, Malick’s great-niece.

The program is also in anticipation of the centennial of the first scheduled US Airmail Delivery, which took place on May 15, 1918 at Bustleton Field (today’s Red Lion Rd and Roosevelt Boulevard).  Saturday May 19, 2018 NPHN will present a program on the first regularly scheduled air mail delivery in the US.