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Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:35 am

There is a very cool website out there if you find abandoned and little-known airfields interesting. It is here...

http://members.tripod.com/airfields_freeman/

However, I wasn't able to find info on an airport in the Detroit area called something like Oakland Orion Airport or Orion Oakland Airport. I found it on a map once and it looked as though it was on the lefthand side of M-24 a few miles north of the I-75 / M-24 interchange. This is in Oakland County, MI. Does anyone have any information on this place that I can't find anywhere?

 
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:13 am

Yes, I love that site. Very interesting. However, the info can only cover what has been contributed, so perhaps nothing has come in to the site about Orion yet. It appears the airport you want to know about has two names. "Oakland-Orion Airport" was also known as "Allen Airport" in an article published in the February 1970 issue of EAA Sport Aviation. The article mentioning it is available on this site-

http://www.aeronca.com/k/AeroncaK/stories/the_aeronca_k.htm

Perhaps the Aeronca webmaster can give you some details. It's maintained by Tom Trainor of Troy, Michigan. His Email is [email protected]


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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:38 am

Off subject a bit, but does anyone know of a website that told the history of Airport Terminals. I can't seem to remember how or where I stumbled upon it, but it had a lot of good material.
 
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 1:27 pm

Gotta love this site, for you Graham697:
http://oldterminals.topcities.com/
 
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 1:32 pm

I'm starting to think that MSN is becoming an "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfield." We get like NOTHING out here! It gets so lonely without big(ger) jets. The biggest thing I have seen here is a DC-9. Woopee! *rolling eyes* Oh well, the take offs/landings are amazing. I guess it is better than CWA.

-Tim  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 1:52 pm

There is a very cool website out there if you find abandoned and little-known airfields interesting

For a moment I thought you were referring to www.ryanair.com  Big grin
 
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:23 pm

For a comprehensive and up-to-date list of Europe's abandoned and little-known airfields, consult

www.ryanair.com/where_we_fly
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:39 pm

I can't find anything on the airport or it's operations, but I did find it listed on a topo map circa 1970. Airport shown center http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?t=2&s=15&x=49&y=739&z=17&w=2

However, if you look closer, the airport looks like it was replaced sometime in the mid 70s, early 80s by what looks to be a distibution center? again shown center. http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?t=2&s=12&x=393&y=5914&z=17&w=2

Aerial photos from 1999 and 2002 show traces in the southeast corner of what was probably an airport, but nothing definative.

1999 - http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?t=1&s=12&x=393&y=5914&z=17&w=2

2002 - http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?t=4&s=12&x=393&y=5914&z=17&w=2

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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Tue Aug 10, 2004 5:08 am

That "distribution center" I believe is GM's Orion assembly plant, so maybe thats what became of the airport. Does anyone know what next Detroit area airport is slated for destruction?
 
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:06 am

I'll throw another Detroit area long gone airport at ya. Haggerty Field which was located at Ford Road and Wyoming in Dearborn. I remember seeing it shown on some old road maps but I never was able to find anything about it.
 
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:36 am

Yes..His website is fantastic. He is a wonderful resource.

A few years ago,i shot this picture in on a San Diego - Dallas routing and i had no idea where i was (i was a passenger). He helped me identify it.


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Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu



If you scroll down to Holtville on his page (2/3 way down), you can see the great deal of data collected on this particular "lost" airfield.

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CA/Airfields_CA_SE.htm

I never thought i would learn so much about abandoned airfields around the world .. Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:19 am

Looks like Oakland-Orion started in the late 1940s as Allen or Allen's-- no paved runways until later. It's still on the 1976 chart (2400? ft runway 18/36) but that GM plant is on the 1983 topo.

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