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User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 305 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7085 times:
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Hi,

I read somewhere that The College Park Airport in Maryland is the oldest, continuously operated, airfield in the world, can anyone confirm this?.

How old is your local airport?.

My local is STN, founded in 1942, by the USAF, a brief but busy history, can only get busier (thanks Govmnt).

Andy


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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6989 times:

I always thought EWR was the oldest... Or maybe just the oldest passenger airport?

User currently offline7H4Guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6980 times:

Andy, Your information is correct College Park Airport is the oldest continuously operated airport. The following is directly copied from their website.

http://www.pgparks.com/places/historic/cpairport.html

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.


User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2721 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

SYD - January 20, 1920

CDG - March 8, 1974

Ozglobal



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User currently offlineSamair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6930 times:

SYD the oldest international airport


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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6890 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).
1970 Delta.
1979 Alleghany (US Airways).
1980 New York Air
1984 TWA (AA).
1985 AA & People Express.
1986 Ozark.
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.

2005? Frontier? JetBlue? Mexicana? Aeromexico? Anybody?

Edit: Made it America West, pardon the confusion...

[Edited 2005-02-27 01:09:51]


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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6854 times:

ERJ170...

Quoting ERJ170 (reply 5):
2002 American West.


What airline?  Smile



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User currently offline7H4Guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6832 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,

1957
Friendship International Airport is the East Coast terminus of the record-breaking transcontinental flight by first Boeing 707 jetliner.

1959
Federal Certification Ceremonies for the Douglas DC-8 are celebrated at Friendship International Airport.

1983

BWI selected by Piedmont Airlines(US Air) as hub facility. Major flight expansion by the carrier begins July 15th.

1993

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)

2001

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


User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6790 times:

Phoenix took ownership of Sky Harbor Airport on July 16, 1935.

Terminal 1 opened in 1952.
Terminal 2 opened in 1962.
Terminal 3 opened in 1979.
Terminal 4 opened in 1990.



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User currently offlineGoCOgo From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6736 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.


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User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26488 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6717 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.



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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6693 times:

CMH opened in 1929 and was part of the air/rail transcon route.

User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6729 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



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User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6660 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.  Smile

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.


User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13114 posts, RR: 100
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6560 times:
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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?  Big thumbs up 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*.

Lightsaber

* The answer can be found in:
http://www.aviation-history.com/engines/rotary-theory.htm



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

Add to RDU history...

1983 PanAm



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User currently offline7H4Guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

Quoting Lightsaber (reply 14):
I like how Collage park airport's address is its launch year!


I was wondering if anyone would catch that.


User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

SAN has to be one of the oldest. Opened in 1928.

User currently offlineTxagkuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6189 times:

Dallas Love Field opened 19 October 1917 and is still open, much to the chagrin of the city of Fort Worth.

User currently offlineHercTech From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6183 times:

Blatchford field, or Edmonton City Centre airport here is not the oldest but has the distinction of being the very first public licenced airfield in Canada in 1927

User currently offlineDouglasDC10 From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6136 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.

User currently offlineMig21UMD From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 269 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6095 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?



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User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6004 times:

It may not be the oldest, per-se, but LUK has a very interesting histiory going back to 1925, as well as being the home to what we now know as AA.

http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/lunken.html

There's a lot more info out there, as well (via Google, etc.), if anyone has interest.

Neat little airport that seemingly deserves more respect than the little shadow that it sits in since the development of CVG.



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User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined Mar 2001, 529 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5976 times:

I hear someone saying that AMS is the oldest airport. But I am not too sure about this after all these posts above.


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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5939 times:

AMS is the oldest comercial airport ,dont know exact when but at least before 1919, because then KLM was founded....

25 Sk945 : In addtion to flyboy_se reply. Stockholm-Bromma (BMA) opened 1936 and are stil using the same runway and terminal. The terminal have been modified, bu
26 TupolevTu154 : Pretty sure its Shoreham, but I don't know what you mean by "continuously" Tom
27 Post contains links and images JHSfan : The closest airport is EKVL north of Copenhagen. A former military air force base. It dates back to somewhere between 1934 and 1940. CPH being the int
28 A319114 : Schiphol was opened in August 1916 as a military airfield and has been a commercial airfield since 17 May 1919, when KLM started flying AMS-London.
29 LTBEWR : In the NYC metro area 2 airports are quite old, but not the oldest continuiouly in the world or the USA. EWR was developed by the City of Newark, NJ a
30 UAcsOKC : WTF? Howard Hughes hated jets, thats why TWA asked him to part ways. He wouldn't have been caught dead flying the Dash 80.
31 Lincoln : ... and then TWA sued Hughes and Hughes Tool Company for the damage to business caused by Toolco redirecting jet aircraft and spare parts to other ai
32 MichaelF : Stinson Mun. Airport in San Antonio is supposed to be the oldest continuosly operated GA field...
33 Post contains links Pilawt : Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington (KVUO), had its first aircraft operation in 1905 when Lincoln Beachey landed a dirigible there. It was the land
34 Ckfred : I believe the oldest municipal airport is MDW, which was originally called Chicago Municipal Airport. I think some pilot named Lindbergh used to fly t
35 Teva : Le Bourget has been built end of 1914 for the armies. At the end of world war 1 it has been opened to civilian flts, with first services starting in 1
36 GoCOgo : MDW opened in 1927, CLE in 1925. So CLE was first, but not by much.
37 Iowaman : Lambert (STL) has been around a while I believe.
38 Bar032 : In Sweden again: Ljungbyhed (ESTL) opened as an airbase in 1926 and was the home of the training wing of the Swedish Airforce, F5, until disbanded in
39 Post contains links FLY2HMO : KPRC has an interesting history. This is where I'm flying right now. "Since it's earliest beginnings in 1926 as a modest rural airfield, PRC's progres
40 Post contains links and images RogerThat : All You All are All Wrong. The oldest airport is Kitty Hawk, where Wilbur and Orville started it all. There just might be a little longer duration bet
41 Post contains links AA54Heavy : "Tucson opened the first municipally owned airport in the United States in 1919." www.tucsonairport.org From my understanding its neither MDW or CLE t
42 Post contains links 7H4Guy : We may have a winner here. On Nov. 20th 1919 The first municipally-owned airport in the nation opened -- in Tucson, Arizona. The entire community tur
43 Crownvic : I have read over the years that this distinction actually goes to Atlantic City's Bader Field (AIY) even though it is pretty much a ghost town these d
44 Post contains links DocChaos : My Local Airport MLI - Quad City International Airport 1919: Chosen as a control point in the first coast-to-coast flight 1925: Franning Field was est
45 Columba : I always thought Tempelhof is Germany´s oldest airport and one of the worldst oldest ones.....
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