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Ask 13: Where did Col. Robert Morgan land when he visited Asheville in 1940s?

"Colonel Morgan landed his plane in Asheville in the early '40s. But Asheville Regional Airport didn't exist then. So, where was the original Asheville airport?" Sherman Folks wrote to Ask 13. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

One of Asheville's favorite sons is a continuous source of intrigue. The late Col. Robert Morgan was a World War II hero and had legendary accomplishments in the cockpit of his B-17 bomber, "Memphis Belle."

But it's Morgan's visit to Asheville in the early '40s that has one viewer asking questions.

"Colonel Morgan landed his plane in Asheville in the early '40s. But Asheville Regional Airport didn't exist then. So, where was the original Asheville airport?" Sherman Folks wrote to Ask 13.

It's true Asheville Regional Airport didn't open until 1960, but Morgan and his crew did fly into Asheville during the war to celebrate their success. When he arrived, he landed his B-17 bomber at the former Asheville-Hendersonville Airport, which is now Fletcher Business Park.

Morgan also has a monument outside Asheville City Hall, where legend has it he dipped the wing on his Memphis Belle and flew right between City Hall and the county building, rattling the windows.

Morgan would never admit to buzzing city hall when asked, but folks at the North Carolina Room at Pack Library did some investigating and learned Morgan actually wrote about it in his memoirs, which were published in 1991.

Morgan, who was famous for buzzing in his bomber, said when flying north out of Asheville on his final mission, he saw the two buildings and couldn't resist the temptation.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@WLOS.com.

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