College Park, MD airport: two views from the air. These photos were probably taken in the early 1930's, during Chet's Langley Day heyday. They well have been taken out of Chet's airplane. The airport is oriented differently today than then; the main field is a "NW-SE" which has been rotated from the original shown below. The N-S field shown above, paralleling the B&O Railroad, is gone.
For Chet College Park was the site of the biggest air competitions he directed, including the 1933 and 1934 Langley Day shows and the 1934 Women's Air Meet. As the decade wore on it became his "home port," scene of meeting of organisations such as the Quiet Birdmen and either a jumping off point or a stopover for many "fly-ins" and cruises to all parts of North America.
Today it is on the National Register of Historical Places and since 1998 the home of an aviation museum. Its status as an active airport is threatened by the "security issues" arising after 11 September 2001 (never mind the plane that rammed into the Pentagon came from Dulles, and nobody talks about closing that!) Such a closure would be a tragedy, as it is an important link into the history of American aviation.
Below: College Park's hangars and administration building, again probably taken 1933-4.
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