About- History

Airport ground breaking ceremony

HISTORY:

Sequim Valley Airport was originally founded in 1983 when the Sallee Family identified a need for a community public use airport for Sequim. Through the effort , dreams and volunteer work of many local people the airport came into existence and by 1985 had a paved / lighted 3500 ft. runway.

The founder, Jack Sallee, was a jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Military and then went on to a piloting career with Braniff International, and ended his career as a 747 captain. He died in an accident in 1997. Since that time, the airport has been operated by his wife Winnie and is assisted by their four sons. All of them were involved with the process of creating the facility.

Winnie Sallee (President 1997 to 2009)  was active in the aviation community ever since she emigrated from England to America in 1955. As the  operator of the airport until November 2009 when she passed away, she communicated with the FAA and Washington State Department of Aeronautics for technical assistance on a regular basis. Her most recent achievement was the new “Airport Overlay District” which further protects airspace approach and departure paths around the airport along with some modified land uses. She worked hard along with many people and government agencies to create this new district. This will help assure the airports ongoing success and viability. There is currently no funding available for privately funded airports which necessitates the need for user fees. Click here to view Winnie’s memorial web site.

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