Old round landing pad of former Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

Old round landing pad of former Grosse Ile Naval Air Station (Google Maps)
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By kjfitz @ 2005-09-26 23:51:03
Now Grosse Ile Municipal Airport


Very old airfields were large open spces, often round, that allowed a takeoff into the wind no matter the direction of the wind. I assume this must have really mattered in the underpowered trainers of the time.

In 1929, the U.S. Navy Air Station opened as a training school, seaplane base and dirigible hangar. The base operated until 1969, when it was closed and turned over to the Township in 1971 for operation as a general aviation airport.

The original runway was a unique circular design that afforded 3,000-foot all-way runways, which were lighted with flush, mounted lights.
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