The first landing strips in Scottsbluff are believed to exist around 1928 in a private pasture. Inland Airlines provided air service through Scottsbluff from Cheyenne to Rapid City, Spearfish and Pierre with Boeing 247's beginning August 1940.
In the spring of 1942, the War Department commandeered the Boeing 247's and replaced them with one Lockheed Lodestar. The airport was then built by the U.S. Army in 1943 at a cost of 5.5 million. Today, the replacement value is estimated at 125 million. The City of Scottsbluff accepted the airport from the War Department in 1947. In 1970, Scotts Bluff County took control of the airport.
In July 2003, the county created an Airport Authority Board which is continuing to make considerable improvements including construction of a new terminal building, wildlife fencing, new fire equipment and remodeling of the fire station. Future plans include runway lighting projects and runway resurfacing. The Airport Board is working with local law enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration for security screening.
In 2005 the new Donald E. Overman Terminal was completed...