Bamberg County Airport dedicated to Tobul Field; family contributions recognized | Local
DONNA L. HOLMAN T&D Correspondent
Bamberg County Airport (99N) officially changed its name to Tobul Field during a six-hour groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday.
Last fall, Bamberg County Council passed a resolution dedicating the 94-acre airport at Tobul Field in memory of Joseph (Joe) Tobul and in honor of the Tobul family.
With its origins as a general aviation airport opened to the public in 1982, the land made all the difference to Tobul Accumulator CEO Joe O. Tobul, who was looking for a prime factory location for the company. family.
As a businessman who owned executive jets and had to travel frequently, choosing a location with an airstrip made sense. Around this time, the county airport commission agreed to allow Tobul to build a hangar on the property.
“Naming the airport Tobul Field is such an honor for our family. I lived in Bamberg for 25 years and gave everything I could to make Bamberg a better place,” said James “Jim” Tobul, who served as chairman of the family business from 1980 to 2015.
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Bamberg County Administrator Joey R. Preston applauded Joe and his son, Jim, for their leadership and influence, which contributed to the success of the airport.
“As the founder of Tobul Accumulator, which helped shape the accumulator industry for 50 years, Joe Tobul’s leadership inspired the vision of the Bamberg County Airport Commission and attracted enthusiasts and aviation events, and effectively expanded and recruited local industry,” said Preston. .
“Jim Tobul’s leadership is critical to the development of the Bamberg County Airport Master Plan. Additionally, his oversight of general operations and the construction of numerous airport facilities has been paramount to his overall success, as well as that of Bamberg County as a whole,” he said.
Jim Tobul said, “I think having an airport in Bamberg County is a great asset that gives back to the community.”
The county’s small airport has a 3,600-foot paved runway.
Recent improvements include the renovation of existing hangars, FBO buildings and the terminal. For convenience to pilots, the airfield currently has a 24-hour Avgas self-service fueling system and a modern lounge that offers refreshments and a shower.
As a meeting venue, the updated facility offers a conference room with 20 chairs, internet access and video conferencing capabilities. In addition, a new security monitoring system has been implemented.
“It’s a big step forward to continue to prepare for what’s coming here, economically and in terms of the general population. For the Tobul family, your name means a lot here in Bamberg County. It inspires me said Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg.
“It’s nice to see how the airport has changed. I want to say thank you to the Tobul family. For years this airport was under your watch and care and you all did an amazing job with it,” said James Stephens, executive director of the SC Aeronautics Commission.
“I am also delighted that the county is working hard to further develop this airport. Airports are an economic engine for local communities. Obviously they support businesses as we have seen with the Tobul family,” Stephens said. He added that with the improvements he has seen, the value of the airport will continue to rise.
Marco Cavazzoni of the SC Aeronautics Commission said: “We honor a man. We honor a family. We honor a community.
“I call it a magical story and magical stories often happen around aviation.”
He said, “Airports can be a catalyst for economic development, jobs and prosperity in our state. We have over 50 airports.
“Here we have a family that started a business, did well at the airport, did well in trade, and did well in the community. They gave back to the community, doing well by doing good,” he said.
Cavazzoni praised the Tobul family for inspiring others and enabling the kind of growth that happens with the airport.
Cavazzoni also spoke about the remarks of Dr. Willie Todd, President of the Technical College of Denmark, and his vision to add aviation-related technical training to the college.
In addition, he spoke of the future need for qualified personnel at airports.
“There will be a need for over 600,000 aviation technicians over the next 20 years worldwide. There will be a need for 600,000 pilots in the next 20 years worldwide,” he said.
Former South Carolina State University president Dr. James Clark said he has known the Tobul family for a few decades.
“Joe Tobul flew a Corsair. It was not a big deal. The big deal was that this individual would round up other people with warbirds and have them surround the VA hospital, the sick and locked up at that hospital, those veterans and give them the sound of freedom. The sound of these radials (engines). I have friends at the VA hospital who said it would bring joy and tears to those vets to hear them running around in circles,” Clark said.
Joe Tobul died in 2002 when engine trouble over Columbia caused a crash landing.
“Joe Tobul was a different kind of hero in my mind. He was a people’s hero. It just comes on one particular fateful day when everything went wrong, he did absolutely everything to save people’s lives on the pitch recounted Clark, saying he was there with the family at the time and saw the strong bond that they had.
“If someone had asked me at random if Nine Nine November (99N) needed a name, there would have been no hesitation. There would have been no doubt in my mind. TOBUL,” said said Clark.
He thanked those who took it upon themselves to make an everlasting impression by renaming the estate.
“This is a well-deserved honor. On behalf of everyone in aviation, thank you, thank you and thank you,” he told the Tobul family.
Jim Tobul took the stage with his mother, Nancy, to accept paperwork renaming Bamberg County Airport to Tobul Field.
“I want to thank everyone for being here for this nomination and for supporting this celebration as we consider it a family,” said Jim.
He referenced the “Korean War Hero” privateer he piloted for the event as the warbird that was his father’s passion.
Jim also referenced Quick Silver, the P-51 Mustang, which fellow air show pilot Scott Yoak landed at the airport for people to see, sharing that he and Scott are flying in formation called ” 45″ class at air shows across the country.
“It is a well-received tribute not only to the aircraft, but also to our families. His dad was a big part of bringing him into aviation like my dad was, so we’re our fathers’ sons. Unfortunately, both of them passed away, but we continue this tradition and share our passions for old military aircraft. It’s something that means a lot to me,” he said.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Joey Preston. You were the spearhead of this whole project. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and family. I would like to thank the county council and everyone involved in this event. It’s amazing,” Jim said.
“Thank you for this honor,” he said, mentioning Bill Dennis and Paul Eubanks for their efforts to make the day a reality.
At the end of the presentations, Adjutant General SC Van McCarty explained the meaning and importance of a challenge coin and presented one to Jim and his mother, Nancy.
“Madam, we all know as members of the armed forces that we couldn’t do what we do, we couldn’t serve this great nation without our families. What your husband did as a Marine, his service to this nation, is a family obligation and an opportunity to serve as such. We thank you,” he said, handing her a coin.
To find out more about the airport, go to www.bambergair.com.