New businesses give Braden Air Park (N43) fresh life

New businesses give Braden Air Park (N43) fresh life

A few short years ago, we were lamenting the apparent impending closure of a small airport near the Allentown PA, area that was steeped in local aviation history. We’re happy to report that Braden Airpark (N43), in Easton PA, is now well on the road to recovery, thanks to the determined efforts of local pilots, [...]

Reading Airport hangar, circa 1939

Another Visit to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s WWII Weekend

As mentioned in previous posts about World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) (Part I and Part II), I am originally from Reading, PA, and have spent innumerable hours at the airport. Such was the case last week when once again I visited the MAAM’s annual World War II Weekend happenings. This time [...]

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 [...]