In February of 1928, Charles Francis Doersom purchased 20 acres in Cumberland Township with the intention of founding a commercial airport. On Valentine's Day that year, the Gettysburg Times ran the following article about the planned airfield being established just a quarter century after the Wright brothers' first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina:
"The new airdrome will open for business as soon as the weather permits. Two former US Army fliers, Captain Wallace of Wilkes-Barre and Lieutenant Markell of Reading, will pilot the two new Swallow Airplanes which will be located permanently at the field. Mr. Doersom said he has secured the services of Richard Renault of York to give parachute jumps every Sunday. For the present, the new airport will engage solely in short flights, repair and rebuilding of airplanes and instruction of student fliers."