: The aviation era arrives in Melbourne when a Pitcairn aircraft lands on a cow pasture north of the Kissimmee Highway and the field is designated a refueling site for the fledgling U.S. Postal Airmail service.
: A formal airport dedication ceremony is held during a weekend-long air meet. During the event, aviators from the All-American Air Meet and Exposition in Miami participate in exhibition flying and 10-mile races.
: The City of Melbourne acquires 160 acres west of Indian River Bluff for a new airport location.
: The airport serves as Naval Air Station Melbourne during World War II, training top Navy and Marine pilots. It also housed 250 German POWs.
: Melbourne Airport is deeded to the city and operated as a municipal airport.
: The era of commercial air service begins in Melbourne with the arrival of Eastern Airlines.
: Ed Foster, a seminal figure in the airport’s modernization, begins his nearly 29-year tenure as director of the airport.
: The City of Melbourne creates the Melbourne Airport Authority, the agency now responsible for operating, maintaining and developing the airport.
: Mayor Harry Goode begins his first stint, lasting eight years, as a member of the authority.
: New terminal facilities are completed.
: Airport becomes Melbourne International Airport.
: A new, $35 million international terminal and air-freight facility, named after Foster, opens.
: Foster retires at age 80. Jim Johnson takes over as the airport’s Executive Director.
: Melbourne International celebrates its 75th anniversary.
: Mayor Harry Goode rejoins the Melbourne Airport Authority in November and continues to serve today.
: Richard A. Ennis, CPFO, is promoted to airport Executive Director.
: Melbourne International Airport receives $800,000 Small Community Air Service Development Grant in April from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
: Melbourne International Airport beats out competitors from across the United States to land Embraer’s North American assembly and showroom facility for its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 business jets.
: Delta Air Lines celebrates 25 years of service at Melbourne International Airport in November.
: Construction begins on Embraer’s new assembly plant and showroom.
: US Airways announces plans to return to MLB after a 12-year hiatus, starting with three daily flights to its Charlotte hub. Direct Air announces new service from MLB to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Punta Gorda, Fla.
: Melbourne International Airport and the Florida Institute of Technology announce development of the Florida Tech Research Park, a 100-acre research park within the Airport Industrial Park. The 20-year partnership is aimed at fostering economic development and increasing the region’s high-tech competitiveness.
: US Airways resumes service to Melbourne International Airport.
: Kindred Hospital, a 60-bed, long-term, acute-care hospital, opens within the Airport Industrial Park.