Dunkirk airport named after long time manager

Dunkirk, N.Y. (WIVB) — The airport serving Northern Chautauqua County is now named for a man who managed it for over 50 years.

A special ceremony was held Sunday morning during the annual Dunkirk Rotary Fly-in Breakfast, designating the airport as John J. Nalbone, Sr. Field, in recognition of his contributions.

Nalbone managed the Dunkirk Airport from 1960 until around the time of his death in 2011.

“Not only was it a great living for the family in terms of us being introduced to flying, even the grandkids, his grandkids, but, just the accomplishment of making this a first-class airport that serves not just northern Chautauqua county but also the surrounding counties,” said Louis Nalbone, John’s son, who was at the ceremony.

Nalbone’s honors include the Charles Taylor Award, for his half-century in aviation.

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