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Showalter Flying Service opened a new flight school and flying service at Orlando Municipal Airport in October 1947.

In May 1951, Showalter Corporation signed a lease with the City of Orlando and agreed to move flying activities from Showalter Airpark in Winter Park to Orlando Municipal Airport.

“In its agreement with the city, the Showalter Corp. said it would pay $150.00 a month for the hangar building, two cents on every gallon of gasoline pumped with the exception of that used in planes of the corporation, base it’s fleet now totaling 15 aircraft at the airport and provide 24 hour gasoline and attendant service.”

Howard and Sandy Showalter, and Buck Rogers started Showalter Airpark, the first private airport in Winter Park, in 1945.

Showalter Airpark made aviation history as “one of the finest privately owned airports in the United States” according to Wings in the Sun: the Annals of Aviation in Florida.

Showalter Flying Service, the FBO family business of 70 years has brought much to the development of Central Florida with their business and community contributions.

Showalter Flying Service brought nine National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) shows here to Orlando.

In 2013, Showalter Flying Service received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Aviation Fuels from Phillips 66.

LISTEN (18:41) as Showalter Flying Service owners Bob and Kim Showalter share the history of the aviation company and our community in this excerpt from an oral history interview at Showalter Flying Service at Orlando Executive Airport on January 14, 2015.

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Showalter Introduces: Sky-Cab Charter Service

A new flight service was introduced to Orlando this week by Showalter Corporation.... April 8, 1947, "Winter Park Herald". Howard Showalter, Jr., Pres...

Lyman Huntington First to Solo in Experimental X-C Course

Lyman Huntington is the first to solo in the Experimental Cross Country Private Pilot  Course offered at Showalter Airpark, January 15, 1951. Read...

Central Florida Aviation Association, May 1950

The Central Florida Aviation Association formed recently to promote the aviation potentialities of this area elected Walton McJordan, manager of the S...

Florida Flying Farmers

The Florida Flying Farmers selected Winter Park for a business meeting and planes from all over the state flew into Showalter Airpark.......

Showalter Airpark Hangar Two, circa 1949

A photo of Showalter Airpark Hangar Two, circa 1949. Howard and Sandy Showalter, and Buck Rogers started Showalter Airpark, the first private airport...

Edward Everett Horton, Buck Rogers, and H. W. Showalter, Sr.

Edward Everett Horton, Buck Rogers, and H. W. Showalter, Sr. at Showalter Airpark, 1950. Showalter Airpark was the first private airport in Winter...

Chester P. Sanders, Showalter Airpark Flight Instructor

Chester P. Sanders, Showalter Airpark Flight Instructor, started his flight training with the Showalter Corporation in Winter Park in 1949. He used his...

Cliff McKibben, Winter Park City Manager

Cliff McKibben, City Manager of Winter Park at Showalter Airpark, circ 1951. Howard and Sandy Showalter, and Buck Rogers started Showalter Airpark,...

Showalter Airpark and Sandy Showalter's Home

Aerial view of Showalter Airpark and Sandy Showalter's home, circa 1950. Howard and Sandy Showalter, and Buck Rogers started Showalter Airpark, the fi...

Buck Rogers, Arlyne Wilson, Sandy & Howard Showalter, and Bob Schutz

Buck Rogers, Arlyne Wilson, Sandy & Howard Showalter, and Bob Schutz hanging out at Showalter Airpark, circa 1950.  Howard and Sandy Showalt...

Lee and Howard Showalter, circa 1950

Lee and Howard Showalter at Showalter Airpark, circa 1950. Howard and Sandy Showalter, and Buck Rogers started Showalter Airpark, the first private ai...

Showalter Airpark, circa 1950

A photo of Showalter Airpark, circa 1950. Howard and Sandy Showalter, and Buck Rogers started Showalter Airpark in Winter Park in 1945. Showalter...

Air Show at Showalter Airpark, circa 1950

Air show at Showalter Airpark, circa 1950. Howard Showalter, Jr., president of Showalter Flight Schools, set up an all student Air Show at Showal...

Showalter Flying Service at Orlando Municipal Airport, 1947

Showalter Flying Service opened a new flight school and flying service at Orlando Municipal Airport in October 1947. Flight training in Luscomb and...

Showalter Aero School in Sanford, October 1948

Showalter Aero School, an operation of Showalter Corporation, opened for flight instruction at Sanford Municipal Airport in October 1948. Showalter s...

Showalter Corporation Discussions for Orlando Muncipal Airport Lease, 1951

Showalter Corporation discussions with O.L. Sands, airport manager, for a lease with Orlando Muncipal Airport, February 28, 1951. Showalter Flying Ser...

Showalter Corporation Gets Lease at Orlando Municipal Airport, 1951

Showalter Corporation Gets Lease at Orlando Municipal Airport, 1951. Showalter Flying Service opened a new flight school and flying service at Orlando...

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