Your Local Airport's History

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This is where you talk about the history of you local airports.
HHR- It was founded by Jack Northrop and he built some classic airplanes. It was used by the US during World War II to modify the aircraft they where sending. Then a couple of years later they had a place where they displayed some jets. Then soon they removed those in place of GA aircraft to train pilots.

LAX- LAX was founded by the Los Angeles City Council and bought 640 acres have aircraft come to LA. They made dirt landing strips in wheat, barley, and lima beans farm. It was first named Mine Fields because of a real estate who made the deal. Mine Fields opened as Airport of Los Angeles. Then in 1949 it was named Los Angeles International Airport. Before LAX Burbank used to be the main airline airport. Then the street Sepulveda got rerouted so they can make the runways 25L/R. By November 1950 they extended the runways and made a tunnel under the two runways so Sepulveda can be reconnected. They first had the airport code as LA but than added the X. The X had no meaning to it like other airports. And this was the airport that the Endeavor Space Shuttle completed it’s journey on the specially designed 747.


I’m from Dublin too ;)

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Oh and by the way, don’t you mean the Third runway?

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Is that because of the area where the runway is placed? Crossed with the beginning of runway 34?

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KDEN was built in 1995 and is the largest airport in the US at 53 sq. mi. Runway 16R/34L is also the longest runway in the US. KDEN is also the harbor for many conspiracy theories, many having to do with the New World Order.

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Standiford Field was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941 on a parcel of land south of Louisville that was found not to have flooded during the Ohio River flood of 1937. It was named for Dr. Elisha David Standiford, a local businessman and politician, who was active in transportation issues and owned part of the land. The field remained under Army control until 1947, when it was turned over to the Louisville Air Board for commercial operations.[citation needed]

Until around 1947 Bowman Field was Louisville’s main airport. For many years passenger traffic went through the small brick Lee Terminal at Standiford Field. Today’s more modern and much larger facilities were built in the 1980s. Most of the Lee Terminal was later torn down.[citation needed]

The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 45 weekday departures on Eastern Airlines, 19 American, 9 TWA, 4 Piedmont and 2 Ozark. Scheduled jet flights (Eastern 720s to Idlewild) began in January–February 1962. Parallel runways, needed for expanded UPS operations, were part of an airport expansion plan begun in the 1980s.[citation needed]

When Louisville International Airport was built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in 1941, it had one 4,000-foot (1,200 m) runway and was called Standiford Field. The airfield opened to the public in 1947 and all commercial service from Bowman Field moved to Standiford Field. American, Eastern, and TWA were the first airlines and had 1,300 passengers a week. The airlines used World War II barracks on the east side of the field until May 25, 1950, when a proper terminal opened. Lee Terminal could handle 150,000 passengers annually and included 6 new gates, which increased terminal space to 114,420 square feet (10,630 m2). The three runways (1, 6 and 11) were all 5000 ft.

In 1970 the terminal again expanded; the main lobby was extended and the 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) Delta Air Lines concourse was built.[citation needed]

The 1980s brought plans for a new terminal, the Louisville Airport Improvement plan (LAIP). Construction of a new landside terminal designed by Bickel-Gibson Associated Architects Inc. began, costing $35 million with capacity for nearly 2 million passengers in 1985.[8] Most of the improvements began construction in the 1990s and the airport was totally renewed. During the 1990s Southwest Airlines passenger boardings increased 97.3 percent. In 1995 the airport’s name was changed from Standiford Field to Louisville International Airport. Around that time SDF got two new parallel runways: runway 17L/35R, 8,580 feet (2,620 m) long and runway 17R/35L, 11,890 feet (3,620 m); both are 150 feet (46 m) wide. The Kentucky Air National Guard moved its base to SDF with 8 military aircraft; a new UPS air mail facility, new corporate hangars, a 4 level parking garage and a new control tower were also added. A new FBO was added, run by Atlantic Aviation and managed by Michael Perry. In 2005 a $26 million terminal renovation designed by Gensler Inc. was completed.[9] Yearly passenger enplanements are about 1.7 million and are forecast to increase in the next 5 years. Louisville International is served by several airlines including American, Delta, Southwest, United, FedEx and UPS.[citation needed]


It was builded by the Germans during the second World War.
After the War it was generally “dead”.
During the 50’s it started commercial flights to Rovaniemi.
In 2008 its second runway (08/26)went out of use and now serves as taxiway E.

Thats all I can remember.


LBA was an RAF base the typical triangular runway layout. When it was made commercial we lost two of the runways and extended the other, with a turnaround point at each end rather than taxiways. This year they are supposedly adding a taxiway to improve and increase traffic flow.

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Nice to know they are going to try to increase traffic.


SSCL. The only important airport im Chile.
Its really the only way you can get to chile, as airlines who fly into Chile only fly there. LAN airlines opererates flights to Aukland, New York, LA, D.C.,Madrid,Lima,Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Quito and Mexico City.
Its is also an important Airport because LAN Cargo flies pretty much everywhere, transporting most likely copper, as Chile produces 93% of copper in use today.

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KMCO used to be McCoy airforce base (hence MCO) which had b-52s stationed at the airport. It used to be a back up to the shuttle landing facility back when the space shuttle was still around.


Mine was supposedly funded by a priest (as it was built near a religious site) in the 80s, many people however believe it was funded by NATO as a stop off point for US military aircraft to refuel if the Cold War were to kick off. This is believed firstly as it would be extremely difficult for one man to fund the building of an airport and secondly as the runway at Knock is huge and far larger than would ever be required (there are some other reasons but these are the two main ones)

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Mine is Guernsey airport in the channel islands, it would be a good small airport to add to the IF game because Alderney and Jersey are really close so it would be really easy to do short haul flights into and out of the islands. The airport can handle aircraft up to A320 or 737-400 (reduced payload); capacity is limited by the 09/27 runway length of 1,463m, a situation which is under review. The airport is administered and controlled by the State of Guernsey island authority. Jersey runway slightly longer. Alderney’s runway is slightly smaller than Guernsey bu has a grass runway as well

Go Guernsey

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Marcos Gelabert airport was at the beginning a USAF air station called Albrook Air Station, later the facility was relocated in the Howard AFB (now the Panamá Pacífico Airport). After that, the airport was renamed as Marcos Gelabert, father of the Panamanian aviation one of the pioneers of aviation in Panama and became a commercial and general aviation airport. It was located in the Paitilla area in downtown Panama City, but then in 2005, it was relocated in the old Canal Zone, specifically in the Albrook area.


Ikr nice copy paste skills

Old local airport

Hang Nadim International Airport (IATA: BTH, ICAO: WIDD), also known as Bandara Internasional Hang Nadim, is located in Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia. Named after Laksamana Hang Nadim, it is currently the only international airport in Riau Islands province. located at south of Singapore. It has been the primary method of transport to and from Batam, alongside ferries to neighboring islands (including Singapore). As Batam continues to develop its tourism sectors, the Hang Nadim has proved a sufficiently effective airport. Originally developed as an alternative airport for Singapore Changi Airport in mind (should in case an emergency for aircraft force a redirect), the Hang Nadim has facilities and the longest runway (4,000 m) in Indonesia, sufficient for wide body aircraft Boeing 747s and several times more passengers than it is currently serving. However Changi was developed to grow, and the Sijori Growth Triangle region has 4 airports, including Sultan Ismail International Airport (SENAI Airport) in Johor Bahru and the Seletar Airport.

It has the second longest runway in Southeast Asia, after Kuala Lumpur International Airport, at 4,210 m long.

Originally developed as an alternative for Singapore Changi Airport (should an emergency force a redirect for aircraft), Hang Nadim has facilities sufficient for Boeing 747s, Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s, including the longest runway in Indonesia. It can also serve several times more passengers than it is currently serving. Lion Air has developed a base at the airport and built an aircraft maintenance facility, as Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport is severely congested.

At end of May 2014, Hang Nadim International Airport became the sixth airport in Indonesia (after Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi; Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali; Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta; Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java; and Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra) to operate 24 hours a day. The move was the result of many airlines making the airport a hub for their operations.

New local airport

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The airport started in 1939 as a grass strip, and was used as a military training base.[7] The airport is located beside Patricia Bay, which, due to the prevalence of flying boats at the time, proved to be an excellent location. The Department of Transport took over the airport in 1948. It was then called Victoria (Patricia Bay) Airport, and many locals still refer to it as the “Pat Bay Airport”. Trans-Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) began regular service in 1943.

The last Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) unit left the airport in 1952. In the late 1980s the RCAF returned to the property when 443 Helicopter Squadron began operating CH-124 Sea King ship-borne anti-submarine helicopters from Victoria International Airport. The RCAF refers to 443 Squadron operations at the airport as the Patricia Bay Heliport.

In 1959, the airport was renamed the “Victoria International Airport”.

In 1997, as part of a broad scale restructuring of airports across Canada, Transport Canada (formerly the Department of Transport), gave operational control of the airport to the Victoria Airport Authority.

In 2000, the Victoria Airport Authority began the process of renovating and expanding the terminal to meet passenger needs. In 2002, the new “airside hold room” and the new “arrivals rotunda” were rebuilt. By 2005, the new “departures area” was completed.

In May 2005, the federal government, which owns the land, announced a reduction in the rent paid by the Victoria Airport Authority. This will save $0.6 million Canadian each year and $12 million CAD over the life of the lease, which is 50 years.



Marlboro Airport, (IATA: 9B1, ICAO: K9B1) in Marlboro, Massachusetts, is a public airport currently owned by Sandra A. Stetson

It has one runway, averages 37 flights per day, and has approximately 40 aircraft based on its field.

Marlboro Airport was founded in 1922, the era when barnstormers flew “by the seat of their pants.” It is the oldest continuously operating commercial field in the state of Massachusetts. Currently it hosts one Fixed Base Operator, Don’s Flying Service, named for former airport manager Don LaCouture Sr. The field’s managers have included:

Jack McManus (1934–1937)
Charles Spaulding (1937–1939)
Norman Sims (1939–1946)
Don LaCouture Sr. (1946–1998)
G. Robert Stetson Jr. (1999–2012)
Bruce Prentiss (2012 - 2014)

Sandy Stetson (2014-Present)

Don’s Flying Service offers flight instruction, tie-downs and hangar space, and major and minor aircraft repairs.

Chapter 673 of the Experimental Aircraft Association is based at Marlboro Airport. Also known as The Marlboro Antiquers (since many of the founding members owned antique airplanes), the chapter has about 40 members. They hold regular Young Eagles rallies to provide free airplane rides to children ages 8–17.
Also, the president’s helicopter landed there sometime after 2008 because it was Obama

This description is not mine, I got from Marlborough airport’s website

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The land used for the airport had been a bullock paddock.[11] Nigel Love, a former wartime pilot, was looking into the possibilities for aviation in Australia. He was interested in establishing the nation’s first aircraft manufacturing company. This idea required him to establish a factory and an aerodrome close to the city. His search for a potential site eventually led him to a real estate office in Sydney which was aware of some land owned by the Kensington Race Club (that was kept as a hedge against losing its government-owned site at Randwick). It had been used by a local abattoir, which was closing down, to graze sheep and cattle.[citation needed] This land appealed to Love, the surface was perfectly flat and was covered with a pasture of buffalo grass. This grass had been grazed so evenly by the sheep and cattle running on it that it required little to make it serviceable to land aircraft.[citation needed] In addition, the approaches on all four sides had no obstructions, it was bounded by a racecourse, gardens, a river and Botany Bay.

Love established Mascot as a private concern, leasing 80 hectares (200 acres) from the Kensington Race Club for three years. It initially had a small canvas structure but was later equipped with an imported Richards hangar. The first flight from Mascot was on November 1919 when Love carried freelance movie photographer Billy Marshall up in an Avro. The official opening flight took place on 9 January 1920, also performed by Love.[12]

In 1921, the Commonwealth Government purchased 65 hectares (161 acres) in Mascot for the purpose of creating a public airfield. In 1923, when Love’s three-year lease expired, the Mascot land was compulsorily acquired by the Commonwealth Government from the racing club.[11] The first regular flights began in 1924.

1930–60 Edit
In 1933 the first gravel runways were built. By 1949 the airport had three runways – the 1,085-metre (3,560 ft) 11/29, the 1,190-metre (3,904 ft) 16/34 and the 1,787-metre (5,863 ft) 04/22. The Sydenham to Botany railway line crossed the latter runway approximately 150 metres (490 ft) from the northern end and was protected by special safeworking facilities.[13] The Cooks River was diverted away from the area in 1947–52 to provide more land for the airport and other small streams were filled. When Mascot was declared an aerodrome in 1920 it was known as Sydney Airport. On 14 August 1936 the airport was renamed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (Sydney Morning Herald 9 August 1938 p12) in honour of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, who was a pioneering Australian aviator. Up to the early sixties the majority of Sydney-siders referred to the airport as Mascot. The first paved runway was 07/25 and the next one constructed was 16/34 (now 16R/34L), jutting into Botany Bay, starting in 1959, to accommodate large jets.[citation needed] 07/25 is used mainly by lighter aircraft, although large four engine jet aircraft still periodically land on the runway from the east, when south-westerly winds are blowing in Sydney. 16R is presently the longest operational runway in Australia, with 4,400 m (14,300 ft) paved length and 3,920 m (12,850 ft) between the zebra thresholds.

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