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    Aircraft Through the Decades

    From the first to land on paved runway, a U.S. Army B-2 in 1942, and the first commercial flight, a Delta Air Lines DC-3 in 1946, the excitement and parade of interesting aircraft at Blue Grass Airport has never wanted.

    Blue Grass Airport has witnessed the arrival of Olympia, the first horse to fly in to race at Keeneland in 1948, the landing of a British Airways SST Concorde in 1989, Air Force One carrying U.S. Presidents and an Air Force F18 more recently, among other momentous arrivals and departures.

    The ultramodern SST Concorde lands in Lexington in 1989, nearly 24 years after the first Piedmont Airlines 727 jetliner made its test landing and takeoff at Blue Grass Field.