Official Nebraska Government Website
Official Nebraska Government Website

NDOT, Division of Aeronautics
Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

Transparency Portal Logo - Budget Division

Dr. Frank A. Brewster, born in Gage County Nebraska in 1872, made history in 1919 as the first civilian doctor to fly to a patient’s bedside. Known as the “World’s First Flying Surgeon,” he was the first physician to purchase an airplane for use in making professional calls.

Brewster built one of the first airports in Nebraska at Beaver City and then financed and built airports in Grand Island, Holdrege, and, Nebraska, as well as Oberlin, Kansas. In 1960, the Holdrege Municipal Airport was named Brewster Field in his honor, with a dedication ceremony and air show.



Back to the Hall of Fame