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Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:56 am

While landing on 27R in PHL, I saw what looked to be an abandoned airport around the shipyards about a mile or two from PHL. The former runways/taxiways were painted with faded yellow X's. Does anyone know what this field was at one time?
 
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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:09 am

Did it look something like this?

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/1479/mustinpacolor4jk.jpg

If so, that's the former Henry C. Mustin Naval Air Facility on the banks of the Delaware. It was founded in 1917 and closed in 1963 due to it's proximity to PHL. At it's peak, Mustin had three runways: 6135', 4000', and 3150' (aligned 9/27, 14/32, and 5/23, respectively).

Hope that helps! Check out this website for information on abandoned airports. It's a great resource.

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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:09 am

Here you go:

Philadelphia NSY is on League Island in the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The original naval yard was established in 1801. The yard underwent numerous upgrades, primarily in the early part of the 20th century. In 1917, the Naval Aircraft Factory was established on the island. After World War I, the factory focused on the development and manufacture of experimental aircraft and aircraft accessories. During World War II, the shipyard constructed 53 ships and repaired 574. The workforce was greatly reduced after World War II, from 40,000 to 12,000. The Naval Aircraft Factory was redesignated the Naval Air Material Center in 1943, and became the Naval Air Engineering Center in 1963. In 1974, the Naval Air Engineering Center was relocated to Lakehurst, NJ. The last ship completely built at the yard was finished in 1970. In 1987, fleet carriers underwent service life extension at the yard.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/philadelphia_nsy.htm

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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:28 am

Looks like 2 intersecting runways, each about .4 mi long and right in the center of the old Naval Base complex. May have been used by small Navy props to ferry people back and forth to ? There's a large open area at the North end of the N-S runway - possibly a big helo pad or a turn-around. There also appears to be a hanger at the South end of the E-W runway. Sorry, it's too small for a PHL Reliever.   
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If so, that's the former Henry C. Mustin Naval Air Facility on the banks of the Delaware. It was founded in 1917 and closed in 1963 due to it's proximity to PHL. At it's peak, Mustin had three runways: 6135', 4000', and 3150' (aligned 9/27, 14/32, and 5/23, respectively).
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Yep, I guess that EW road really was a runway (9/27) and there are 3. It seemed strange because it runs right beside all that housing, which I guess could surely have been built after 1963.

[Edited 2006-06-29 01:45:42]
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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:31 am

On this subject, I noticed another, apparently abandoned airfield to the South West of JFK could anyone enlighten me as to what it was and when

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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:14 am

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 4):
On this subject, I noticed another, apparently abandoned airfield to the South West of JFK could anyone enlighten me as to what it was and when

That's Floyd Bennett Field: http://www.geocities.com/floyd_bennett_field/
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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:09 am

Quoting EADC8 (Reply 5):
That's Floyd Bennett Field

Thanks for that, over the years I have read much about Floyd Bennett Field, just never exactly knew where it was, except it was in NYC area!

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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:28 am

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 4):
On this subject, I noticed another, apparently abandoned airfield to the South West of JFK

Although it's closed to fixed-wing a/c, doesn't the NYPD maintain its helicopter hangar and fleet there [at Floyd Bennett Field]?

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RE: Abandoned Airfield Near PHL

Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:57 am

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 7):
Although it's closed to fixed-wing a/c, doesn't the NYPD maintain its helicopter hangar and fleet there [at Floyd Bennett Field]?

They might have moved, up untill recently there were a number of Government agencies both local and Federal that kept rotary aircraft at Floyd Bennett.

In 1998 Coast Guard Air Station NY (Brooklyn) and Coast Guard Air Station Cape May NJ were merged into a brand new Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City New Jersey.

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City keeps one helo forward deployed in NY (Frances S. Gabreski Airport) and one deployed in Washington DC (Reagan National Airport).
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