New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

  In  May 2014 we first reported on the critical financial situation challenging the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and its potential implications for Braden Airpark. At that time, the Authority was facing the final $7 million payment on a $26 million debt stemming from a 1990s court judgement for the improper eminent domain annexation of a [...]

On the docket: Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

On the docket: Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

Previously in these pages, we’ve related much of the history surrounding the airport that began life around 1917 as a simple grass runway. Renamed Clover Field by the U.S. Army in 1922, its struggle with the residents of Santa Monica has been nearly continuous ever since. The protracted legal battle continues to play out, with [...]

DC-3 Flyby

Santa Monica Celebrates 80th Anniversary of the DC-3 First Flight, and Court Date Set for City’s Appeal Against FAA

Readers of this blog and the HangarNetwork eNewsletter may recall that the Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas, Sr, in 1921 in Santa Monica, CA, and moved to Clover Field a few years later. Clover Field, originally named after World War I aviator 2nd Lieutenant Greayer “Grubby” Clover, was renamed Santa Monica [...]

Braden Airpark N43, Easton, PA

Follow-up on Braden Airpark and Queen City Airport

About a year ago (HN eNewsletter May 2014) we reported on Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA, and how it narrowly avoided closure when its owner, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA), voted against a motion to close it and instead formed an ad hoc committee to research and formulate a preservation plan. Since then, a number [...]

World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Part II

World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Part II

Back at the airfield, the World War II Weekend brings to life many of the sights and sounds experienced by the Greatest Generation during its triumph in the largest conflict in human history, with 1940s-era dances, dinners, singing, comedy skits, and radio broadcasts both from the front and back home. Numerous Special Guest veterans will [...]

World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Part I

World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Part I

The Reading Regional Airport – Carl A Spaatz Field, in Reading, PA, has been home to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) since its inception in 1980 by co-founders World War II veteran Eugene “Pappy” Strine and his son, Russ. The museum was formed for the specific purpose of securing the rights to recover a historically [...]

Moffett Federal Airfield and Hangar One

Moffett Federal Airfield and Hangar One

In 1931 the US government bought a parcel of land adjacent to the southwestern end of San Francisco Bay from the city of Sunnyvale, California, for the purpose of building a naval station at which to base the Navy airship USS Macon. The naval air station (NAS) was created by an Act of Congress signed [...]

A Tale of Two Airports, or How Aviation Makes a Difference, Part VI

A Tale of Two Airports, or How Aviation Makes a Difference, Part VI

This is the sixth in a series introduced in the June and August 2014 HN newsletter describing the very different attitudes toward local airports that exist in Bloomington, IL, and Santa Monica, CA.  We’ve been describing the history of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) from its beginnings in the 1920s and its fractious relationship with the [...]

A Tale of Two Airports, or How Aviation Makes a Difference, Part V

A Tale of Two Airports, or How Aviation Makes a Difference, Part V

This is the fifth in a series introduced in the June and August HN newsletter describing the very different attitudes toward local airports that exist in Bloomington, IL, and Santa Monica, CA. Today we continue a recap of the history of Santa Monica Municipal Airport. As we’ve been discussing in this series, the relationship between [...]