Ask the residents of Northern Virginia who drive through the Springfield interchange everyday and they may tell you that an airport would be preferable to the 50 ramps and 20 lanes they deal with everyday. Ask a tourist driving through the Springfield interchange and you can bet they would rather be flying over than trying to navigate their way through the maze. In 1945 this same area was the location of a 3,000 foot long unpaved runway as part of the Springfield Airport.
The tiny airport offered fuel and maintenance facilities for small aircraft. One of the mechanics at the airport in the late 1940's was Charlie Kulp who is best known in our area for his acrobatic flying in the Bealton Flying Circus which still operates today and is a great place to go and watch the amazing flying acrobatics.
According to the book Abondoned and Little Known Airfields the Springfield Airport was short lived. In fact it appears that it was only around for 7 years. Our family moved to Springfield in 1955 and by then there were no traces of the airport visible in the area. it was easy to see that the location of the airport is where the neighborhood of Springfield Estates was built.
Unlike the nearby community of Burke VA which was the original proposed site for Dulles International Airport, Springfield Airport was never designed to be more than a small airfield.
Today pilots who fly small aircraft have a choice of airfields scattered throughout Northern Virginia including four local public airports and another 64 throughout the state.
Stafford Regional Airport
Leesburg Executive Airport
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