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Oldest Municipally Operated Airport In US  
User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Posted (9 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Today I was driving by Harry Sham Field (MOD), and noticed they have a big new sign at the intersection of Mitchell and Tenaya.
On the sign it says "Est 1927"
Wouldn't that make it one of, if not the oldest municipally operated airports in the US?
I know of College Park MD, but that began as a private field and was never used for commercial airline service as far as I know....could be wrong, there were some unusual routes in the early days of comav.
I've seen Albany, NY claim title as oldest, but I think they started in 1928.

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User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (9 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Bader Field (AIY) in Atlantic City was the first place to be called an "airport", in 1919.

It no longer has commercial air service, with commercial traffic having long ago moved to Atlantic City International (ACY).

I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
User currently offlineBernard Shakey From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 560 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

CLE makes that claim, dunno whether or not it's true.

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User currently offlineCharlib52 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 164 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

"Pearson Field, Vancouver, USA is the oldest continually operating airfield in the United States and dates from the landing in 1905 of a dirigible"


Don't know if that qualifies as "Municipally Operated" but it's still impressive!


User currently offlinePizzapolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

I went to Maryland, FEAR the TURTLE, and I know that the airport there does have a sign proclaiming it the oldest continually used airport in the US or was it world?, but who knows, there are so many different types of records.

User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

I dunno about how long it's been operating...but Albany Municiple, or S12 has been around a long long time, and I DO know that Albany Municple lays claim to the oldest standing hangar west of the Mississippi....

User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 years 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

I did a search on google, and it seems every airport has some or another "First" claim....I was hoping some of the authorities on this forum had some insight...

And you Pizzapoli....You are killing me AGAIN! Fear the Turtle!? HA!, You're a NUT!, and by the way, Go Ducks.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 2696 times:

Albany, NY makes a claim as "establishing the first municipal landing site for airplanes".


It doesn't give a date but I believe that the landing strip was established in 1906. According to the article, the airfield relocated to its current spot in the 1920s.

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

Stinson Municipal in San Antonio Tx is AFAIK the second oldest municipal airport in the US... correct me if I'm wrong.

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User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4952 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

MDW is one of the oldest in the nation. They started as a small aviation concern on October 1, 1922 and became Chicago Municipal Airport on May 8, 1926. In 1949, Chicago Municipal was renamed "Midway".

(Source: Chicago Midway: The First 75 Years.)

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