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Oldest Municipally Operated Airport In US  
User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3004 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: 43
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2941 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).



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User currently offlineBernard Shakey From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 560 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2926 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: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2870 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"

http://www.pearsonairmuseum.org/shistory.htm

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

-Garrett


User currently offlinePizzapolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2866 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 (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2845 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 (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2761 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 (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

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

http://www.albanyairport.com/3/welcome/history.html

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 Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

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

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 5035 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2657 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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