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    Photos of cool airports, old, current, and new.

    A photo that Lou took and SJ has showing in the entrance page prompted me to look at some of the cool airports, known and unknown, around the world.

    I didn't see a thread of these anywhere, and with the "journey's and musings" forum closed I thought I'd just get one started for others to post a photo of a spot they found cool, unique or different to them.

    Most probably know about the "Abandoned airports" website, and while I've not had time to look through the thousands of photos for the US, there are some good ones just for the northeast alone.

    Constant travelers like Mr. Turnbull and others I encourage to share some photos of the strips they visit.
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    Here is a cool location for a public strip the closed back in 2011. St. George, Utah

    http://wchsutah.org/aviation/airport-muni.php

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    Great photo of the Austin Municipal Airport.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comm...tober_22_1939/

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    Saw this on Facebook the other day. Interested to find out its history.

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    When you are using the wrong airplane to reach your little island....Pagasa Island

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    http://www.airfields-freeman.com/ This is a nice website with information about a lot of extinct airports, many of which I've landed on.

    This is the airport where I learned to fly, Clark Airport in Hanover Massachusetts. It closed on August 31, 1958 and is now a housing development.
    The property in the upper portion of the picture across Winter Street was the location of the National Fireworks Ordinance plant where they made ammunition during WW2. I had a summer job there washing windows at a window manufacturing company. The owners had a red J-3 which they kept at the airport.
    I recall a nice DC-3 landing there one day. I may be wrong but I believe that the name "Snowmaiden" was painted on the nose.



    The three hangars are still in existence and in use. Two are at Plymouth, one of which is used for storing the airport's snow removal equipment and the third one is at Cranland.
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    I always find WS51 Leeward Farm airport interesting to fly over. Out by itself on a western Wisconsin hill top. Cool underground hangars!



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    I am pretty sure this is where my dad did some training in
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    This place is cool, I've been in the ditch



    https://earth.app.goo.gl/?apn=com.go...5379139h,0t,0r

    One of our own on here gathered a bunch of his feathers growing up here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubus Maximus View Post
    I always find WS51 Leeward Farm airport interesting to fly over. Out by itself on a western Wisconsin hill top. Cool underground hangars!


    Wow. That is cool

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    Glad you mentioned it Glenn. Even before I had met you I had searched around NYS and ran across Fairbank Farms - and I still haven't been there. The trench right up to the hangar is such a nice touch. Always thought it was the perfect setup, grass, water and tar. And a burn barrel to help you get out, right?

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    Glenn, Years ago I used to know a man by the name of Joe Fairbanks who was always at the different seaplane fly ins. I believe that he had a 206 on floats. Would this have been his place? What a dream property!

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    My airport is very cool. 20 degrees (F) today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboBeaver View Post
    I am pretty sure this is where my dad did some training in
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    Throughout the '70s I attended a number of sports car events there. Had not paid attention to the fact "progress" has taken the land over.

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    Two of my favorite airports - both military and both now closed. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the 60's and Naval Air Station Dallas in the 70's. Went to war from one and came back to the other. Great memories.Click image for larger version. 

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    Do you remember the caption (or a description)? I will try and find it. Curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    A photo that Lou took and SJ has showing in the entrance page prompted me to look at some of the cool airports, known and unknown, around the world.

    I didn't see a thread of these anywhere, and with the "journey's and musings" forum closed I thought I'd just get one started for others to post a photo of a spot they found cool, unique or different to them.

    Most probably know about the "Abandoned airports" website, and while I've not had time to look through the thousands of photos for the US, there are some good ones just for the northeast alone.

    Constant travelers like Mr. Turnbull and others I encourage to share some photos of the strips they visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FdxLou View Post
    Peter
    Do you remember the caption (or a description)? I will try and find it. Curious.
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    Sorry Lou sure don’t. I often skip over the page too fast and have to go back to see it.


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    Cape Newenham LRRS. Flew in there on a regular basis. Had a couple of bad turbulence episodes though.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj402xtnCUM


    MCAS El Toro closed in 1999. I can't recognize anything.
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    41.446075 -71.588206

    I'm unable to copy the picture at these coordinates. It is a seaplane hangar on Worden Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. That hangar has been there as long as I can remember, yet I have never been able to find out who owns it nor what was stored in it. Does anyone have any ideas?

    I suppose that I should just land on the pond and go look through the cracks in the door! Just don't know about Rhode Island's water landing rules and don't want to get in trouble. I suppose that I could just say, sorry it won't happen again!
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    Spent a few months there (El Toro) in 83. I didn't find much to recognize either. Served it's purpose, I guess, but sad to see it go. I remember it as VERY active. Flights moving around the clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    41.446075 -71.588206

    I'm unable to copy the picture at these coordinates. It is a seaplane hangar on Worden Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. That hangar has been there as long as I can remember, yet I have never been able to find out who owns it nor what was stored in it. Does anyone have any ideas?

    I suppose that I should just land on the pond and go look through the cracks in the door! Just don't know about Rhode Island's water landing rules and don't want to get in trouble. I suppose that I could just say, sorry it won't happen again!
    Was it still a structure when you saw it last Pete? I heard it's just a concrete pad now.

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    I'm going to have to make a special trip to find out. It has been years since I saw it last, fully intact.
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    I spotted another hangar near the west end of the Cape Cod canal recently but have been unable to find it again. If it wasn't for a seaplane, I can't imagine why the door is so wide? These things are scattered in many places between New York and Boston. Since they are for seaplanes they don't appear on aviation charts as a rule. The wealthy old timers didn't mind landing in salt water as a regular habit.
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    Here is one.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_...Massachusetts)
    Look at 2:47 That pad is where there was a seaplane ramp also where the last Whale ship Charles W. Morgan was tied up before it was transferred to Mystic CT. That field next to the mansion also used to be the Round Hill airport.
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    Heres Telluride Colorado, KTEX. I used to fly regional feed here. It’s in the south west corner of Colorado. It has a dip in the middle of the airport. They tried to fix it but I don’t think it’s flat yet. There is a lot of glider activity here too. Field elevation is 9070’
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    No picture, but some years ago, flying near Sandpoint Idaho, I saw a residential airpark with a nice grass strip, that also was right on the lake, and it appeared that many of the hangars had dual doors: one for pushing the plane out to the strip, and one in the back to access the very nearby lake. Rough life!
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    I think you know this one Pete? Had a Grumman in it for years

    https://earth.app.goo.gl/Rt1HwS

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    I couldn't open it Glenn. Is it John Knox's hangar? I've been in it.
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    I was thinking of this one on Piseco. I'm not familiar with the one at Indian Lake.
    43°50'24.0"N 74°29'24.0"W - Google Mapshttps://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B050'24.0%22N+74%C2%B029'24.0%22W/@43.4264896,-74.5170092,283m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.84!4d-74.49 1/3
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    Moses lake (Larson Air force Base) 1955

    Moses Lake (Larson Air Force Base) Washington 1955


    Close up of East ramp. I think these are B52s?


    Close up of South ramp. Not sure of the airplanes. maybe B17s and F86 Sabre Jets.
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    B-52's in the first close up. Second close up is C-130's and Sabres. If you look close at the line of Sabres, I believe that one aircraft is an F-80 Shooting Star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    B-52's in the first close up. Second close up is C-130's and Sabres. If you look close at the line of Sabres, I believe that one aircraft is an F-80 Shooting Star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    I was thinking of this one on Piseco. I'm not familiar with the one at Indian Lake.
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    https://photos.app.goo.gl/MPYEGQiYZ1MJsuReA

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    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    B-52's in the first close up. Second close up is C-130's and Sabres. If you look close at the line of Sabres, I believe that one aircraft is an F-80 Shooting Star.

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    Looks more like C-97’s. C-130’s weren’t in service in 1955

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    Yakima WA (McAllister Field) 1949

    South west Yakima in 1949


    A closer look at the Airport. That's the Farm Labor Camp in the lower right hand corner of the photo.


    Close up of the runways. That's a fish hatchery just south of the approach end of 27.


    Close up of the east ramp. The row of three buildings in the center of the photo is McAllister's Flying Service. The South building is now the McAllister Aviation Museum.
    The north two buildings are now Cubcrafters. The Old Terminal building is a little further south. Its' a restaurant now.


    Charlie and his brother Alister McAllister history https://mcallistermuseum.org/charlie-mcallister/

    1992 LA Times article about Charlie. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-...030-story.html
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    Photos of cool airports, old, current, and new.

    My first lessons were at Andover Aeroflex
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    3NH2 Flying Loon is like home
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chesney View Post
    My first lessons were at Andover Aeroflex
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    I had a local pilot who I didn't like and who I thought was full of bologna, he was maybe 30s older then me and a pita. Then I found out from a friend of his that when he was younger he routinely flew a Beech -18 in and out of Aeroflex mostly at night. He still was a pita but one who's flying i respected



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