50 Years ago: Airport faces maintenance hurdles

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Jan. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, updates on the airport included:

“The full-time Groundsman is now working at the airport, but, once again, for the umpteenth time, the Ford Cutter has broken down. A Ransom Rotary Slasher which is designed to cut through sugar plantations or grass has, therefore, been ordered through the Crown Agents and should arrive soon.

“Provision has also been made in the current Estimates for the purchase of an attachment for the tractor which will brush stones and pebbles from the runway, collect them in a box and damp the surface to prevent dust flying. This is essential when jet aircraft are introduced.

“Plans are in hand to add office accommodation to the airport building and, when the present season is over, it is proposed to cover the area outside the immigration room so that people coming to meet visitors can stand or sit in the shade. Mr. Griffiths, our P.W.D. Civil Engineer is giving professional advice regarding this construction.

“Mr. D. Delpratt leaves for Jamaica next week to spend 10 days with his family and to inspect the latest Crash and Rescue equipment etc. at Palisadoes Airport.

“Mr. F.L. Chadwick, Airport manager, goes home to England for 4 weeks leave next month.”