The airport was named after James Clements a WWI pilot from Bay City who died in the line of duty during the war. James was the son of William Clements, founder of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.
The property of the airport was originally a part of the Curtiss Farm, which became a popular landing and take off spot for early aviators out of Bay City.
The first airmail delivery to Bay City was received at James Clements Airport in 1928, less than two decades after Wright Brothers established the first manned flight.
[Lionel H. Deremer] and [Henry Dora] were Bay City's earliest aviators. Deremer took to the air in 1912 after completing flying lessons at the Beatty School located in Nassua Boulevard, L.I. Dora, an exceptional mechanic, joined up with Deremer that year when he also took to flying. -- Above links are to [www.earlyaviators.com]
The airport's first hanger continues to be a feature of the facilities. In 1982 it went on the list of National Historic Places.
The Valley Aero Club based at James Clements Airport was organized in 1976 by pilots associated with the airport. The club now is opened to anyone interested in becoming a member whether or not you are a pilot. Members enjoy being associated with he airport's history and activities like the annual AirFest show and their annual Down Patrol breakfast.
Aviation Flying Club
The Barnstroming Aviation Flying Club is dedicated to supporting and promoting James Clements Airport with special events and operationate of the Wings Wings of Mercy, providing patient flights to distant medical facilities. [Visit Website]