So many of our ancestors were involved with aviation over the last 100 years; especially those who worked on the plane to build them, the mechanics or the pilots during World War I, World War II and Korean War. There is an interesting site titled “Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields” in the United States.
The site has for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico the airfields that were once very active and now no longer in use. Included are those locations that were not known about for various reasons, including places that were private fields or labeled ‘top-secret’.
With each state it is then broken down into specific cities or regions in that state. It provides the full name of the airport, its location, including a map to pinpoint where it was at one time. A brief history is provided about the airport, when it existed and what happened. Information on the number of runways and building is written on the site. If there are any photographs of the airport that is also posted.
This is a rare opportunity to step back in time in aviation history to learn about some of these airports, which were quite numerous. Look back on anytime an ancestor was involved in air-craft or airports and then see if there is a listing on this site. Also check out family hometown and see what air field were nearby.
If you have any photos or information on an airport that you do not see on the site list, they welcome images that can be posted on the web site.
With over 1,600 air fields across the United States profiled on the site there is quite a variety of locations covering different time periods.
Photo: A Waco plane at Stevens Airfield, a little known airport just north of Frederick, Maryland during the 1940s. It was built by Howard L. Stevens from farm property he acquired. Here he offered Stevens Flying Service, with charter service, aircraft sales, fuel, repairs, and a lunch room.< Return To Blog