1929 Cleveland National Air Races
In the fall of 1929, Cleveland hosted the National Air Races at Cleveland Municipal Airport (now called Hopkins International). Participating legends of flight included Amelia Earhart who raced in the Powder Puff Race (all female aviators) from California to Cleveland, OH. Included in the 10 day event were blimp rides, military demonstrations, and parachuting competitions. Simultaneously, the Cleveland Public Auditorium opened a $3M aviation exhibit. The organizers of the Cleveland National Air Races built a permanent grandstand which could hold 50,000 spectators. Due to overflowing crowds at the event, additional temporary stands were needed.