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College Park Airport, in College Park, MD, is the oldest continually-operated airport in the world. Flight operations at College Park began in 1907 when the Wright Brothers gave flight instruction to United States Army Signal Corps personnel at the site. The airport continues to operate as a single-runway general aviation airport. The grounds also include a small museum and the site has been designated as a historic landmark. Fred C. Knauer was instrumental in the formation of committees to preserve the airport against encroachment by developers and to publicize the airport's historic nature.

Identifier

NASM.1987.0087

Creator

Knauer, Fred C.

Date

1903-1986

Provenance

Fred C. Knauer, gift, 1986, 1987-0087, unknown

Extent

2.18 Cubic feet ((2 records center boxes))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Drawings

Scrapbooks

Correspondence

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the history of College Park Airport, the conservation of the airport and the establishment of the museum on the airport grounds. The material includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings, a scrapbook, and other mixed media.

Genre/Form

Drawings

Scrapbooks

Correspondence

Rights

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Names

College Park Airport

Wright, Orville, 1871-1948

Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912

Topics Aeronautics
Airports -- Maryland
Airports

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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