About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
William T. Burns discusses his early career in the navy and the founding of the Bureau of Aeronautics in Philadelphia. The Bureau helped establish the various airports in Philadelphia. He describes the changing of airports from Hog Island to the northeast and the International Airport and the role that he played within the city government to accomplish these goals. He finishes his discussion with the development of the International Airport and its inner functions.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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