In 1915, 22-year-old pilot Cecil Peoli purchased the Washington Aeroplane Company to build and test a large plane he hoped to sell to the U.S. Navy. Peoli planned to build the biggest biplane ever for long distance flights. The plane managed to rise only 100 feet in the air before crashing to the ground and crushing Peoli to death on April 12, 1915.
National Aviation Company (NAC)
Starting in 1911, the National Aviation Company (NAC) also operated at the airfield. Instead of designing aircraft, NAC gave flight lessons in Curtiss, Bleriot, and Wright aeroplanes and repaired them as well.