College Park Airport
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740
301-864-5844; TTY 301-249-4252
College Park Airport was established in 1909 after Wilbur Wright came to the field to train two military officers to fly in the government's first aeroplane. The facility is now the world's oldest continuously operated airport, and is the site of many significant aviation firsts. College Park Airport, known as the "Cradle of Aviation," is an active airport serving the needs of aircraft pilots, and is also a site for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts. In 1977 the airport was added to the National Register of Historic Places. College Park Aviation Museum, a state-of-the-art facility with exciting aviation memorabilia, is located on the grounds of the airport. Call for information about fees, availability of tie-downs, and special programs. Get directions to College Park Airport.
They have a rather nice, if small, museum on site that is worth a visit if you could find your way to visit.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6821 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7311 times:
Ahhh.. RDU opened in January 1943 as Raleigh-Durham Air Field (although was built as a passenger field, but taken over during WWII).
Opened to commercial in May 1943 to Eastern Airlines.
1947 brought Capital (United).
1948 Piedmont (US Airways).
1979 Alleghany (US Airways).
1980 New York Air
1984 TWA (AA).
1985 AA & People Express.
1986-1994 Northwest (at some point).
1995 Midway, Continental, & ValuJet (AirTran).
1996 Air Canada & Air South.
1997 Canadian Regional (Air Canada).
1998 Midwest Connect.
1999 MetroJet & Southwest.
2002 America West.
2004 Independence Air.
Also include Wheeler Airlines.
7H4Guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7253 times:
As an addition to my above post my local airport is BWI - Baltimore/Washington International first known as Friendship international. It was opened for service in July of 1950 after President Harry S. Truman dedicates it Friendship International Airport on June 24th.
BWI/Friendship has an interesting history, here are some of the highlights,
Friendship International Airport is the East Coast terminus of the record-breaking transcontinental flight by first Boeing 707 jetliner.
Federal Certification Ceremonies for the Douglas DC-8 are celebrated at Friendship International Airport.
BWI selected by Piedmont Airlines(US Air) as hub facility. Major flight expansion by the carrier begins July 15th.
Southwest Airlines Co. selects BWI as its first East Coast gateway airport. Service begins on Sept. 15th to Cleveland and Chicago. (now over 165 flights a day 3 busiest airport for Southwest)
BWI named the fastest growing airport among the 30 busiest in North America.
AirTran Airways joins BWI's list of service providers with three daily non-stop flights between BWI and Boston and three daily nonstop flights between BWI and Atlanta.
BWI serves two million passengers in a single month for the first time in July, then again in August.
Total passenger traffic reaches more than 20.4 million, a new record for the eighth consecutive year and 3.9 percent increase compared with 2000 totals
GoCOgo From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7157 times:
My home airport, CLE is certainly not the oldest, but holds the distinction of being the first municipally owned airport in the US. We also had the first air freight system, the first air traffic control tower, the first airfield lighting system, the first flight information board and the first radio communications system. It was founded in 1925. The lighting system and the control tower arrived in 1930. In 1968 it became the first airport to be linked with a rail mass transit system. It was named for city manager William Hopkins, who I believe was the one who commissioned it to be built.
"Why you fly is your business, how you fly is ours"
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27689 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7138 times:
Quoting 7H4Guy (reply 7): Friendship International Airport is the East Coast terminus of the record-breaking transcontinental flight by first Boeing 707 jetliner.
Piloted by my hero, Howard Hughes
BUR was opened in 1930 and was the first airport in the US to cost over 2 million dollars. It was LA's main airport until after WWII and LAX took over. LAX is actually older, having opened in 1928 with dirt airstrips. The City took over (first on a lease) in October of that year. The City officially opened it to commercial business in 1930 and took title in 1937, to save money over the cost of the lease. It took over from BUR in 1946. ONT opened in 1928.
OXR, the closest airport with commercial flights to where I grew up opened in 1934 and CMA, the very busy GA airport in my home town opened in 1942 as an auxilary landing strip, later gaining precedence as Oxnard Air Force Base, reverting to civilian control in 1976.
MSY was aquired by the City of New Orleans in the late 1930s to replace NEW as the commercial airport. The Federal Government took over in 1941 because of WWI and built most of the facilities, giving the airport back to the City in 1946, when it opened for commercial use.
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
Flyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7150 times:
my local airports
#Stockholm Arlanda ARN opened 1956 as replacement to the Bromma Airport which was too central (neighbours complaining).it is the main airport
#Stockholm Bromma BMA opened 1936 and is still in operation even tho it was supposed to be replaced by ARN.mostly domestic flights and flights to Copenhagen.SN Brussels Airlines recently mooved their Brussels flights to Bromma from Arlanda.Also Virgin Express operates here
#Stockholm(Nyköping) Skavsta NYO opened 1940 as military airport.passenger services started in 1984.Mostly a lowfare airlines airport including Ryanair,Wizzair,Transavia.Finnair announced that they will start flights this summer routing Helsinki-Skavsta-Boston using a 757-200.Quite an odd line
#Stockholm Västerås Hässlö VST was opened in 1920 right after WW1.Not sure when the passenger services started.another lowfare airport served by Ryanair
I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter
Elephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7081 times:
BKK - Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang) was in operation since March 8th, 1914. It was initially used as Military airport. The book "The History of Aviation in Thailand" said that it might be the oldest airport in the world still being used in its original location. ..... That's why it looks old and cram.
The new Suvarnabhumi Airport is coming into operation next year (The government already announced the delay of 6 months from the original schedule of Sep. this year). If Don Muang Airport is to be abandoned, I would certainly miss it a lot.
Lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 14171 posts, RR: 100
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6981 times:
I like how Collage park airport's address is its launch year!
Most of the oldest airports were overgrown by the cities that surrounded them; who even remembers Glendale used to have LA's "big" grand central airport? The oldest airport surviving airport in Los Angeles is the Santa Monica airport circa 1919. College park takes a big lead starting in 1909! Then again, one used to be able to take off from any unplowed field, so who needed the costs and headache of a fixed field? And real men flew back then with castor oil lubricated engines. You get one guess as to why pilots pre-WW1 were only good for one flight a day*.
DouglasDC10 From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6557 times:
HAM is not the world's oldest but Germany's oldest airport. The company was founded in 1910 and the first flight took place in 1912. In the 1950s and 1960s it was one of Lufthansas intercontinental hubs, but since then LH moved its long range operations out of this airport to focus on FRA, MUC and DUS. The only remaining flights outside of Europe and northern Africa are currently the twice weekly Iran Air service to Teheran and the weekly Apstar Ghana charter (flown by Hamburg International with 737-700) to Accra via DUS. For 2005, three more intercontinental destinations are expected: Emirates to Dubai, Continental to EWR and Air Transat to Toronto.
Mig21UMD From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6516 times:
Very interesting topic.
This might be a shock for some of you but I remember reading that the Croatian inventor Slavoljub Eduard Penkala (the guy who invented the ball point and fountain tip pen) and also made the first powered Croatia aircraft, flew this aircraft off a field in 1906 which is now where Zagreb Pleso intl airport is located.
Maybe this is the oldest airport in the world?
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you long to return