Tue, May 06, 2003
Last Week's Flights Were the Last
The three turf runways, 1675-foot 17-35; 2040-foot 5-23; and
9-27 (2468 feet), are closed; and another of our country's old
airports will stay quiet. Cape Cod airport (2B1) just outside
Marstons Mills (MA) closed last week. The owners, unidentified
members of the Danforth family, wanted it that way. They told the
operators two months ago that, when May 1 (the lease date) came
around, the agreement would not be renewed.
strip started, as did so many, as an Army Air Corps facility,
eighty years ago, and continued as a training base through
Neighboring Barnstable (MA) Town Manager John Klimm told
reporter Emily Dooley of the Cape Cod Times that his people
appreciated the airport. "We've said to the owners that we very
much would like to keep the airport open, but we can't force them
to do it."
The town is trying to work out a purchase-lease deal to save the
airport. The businesses on the field, including gliding, skydiving,
primary training, and the Cape Cod Flying Service, all have to
vacate by the end of the month, if negotiations fail.
Meanwhile, the last grass-strip airport on Cape Cod will stay
silent, with only birds doing all the flying.
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