College Park Airport: "Oldest Continually Operated in the World"

College Park Airport: "Oldest Continually Operated in the World" (HM160Z)

Location: College Park, MD 20740 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.806', W 76° 55.435'

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— First Military Airfield in the United States —

The following notable events occurred on this airfield:
· 1907 - Early aeronautical experiments by Rex Smith and others
· 1908 - Oct. 8, Wilbur Wright instructed first flying officers of the Signal Corps, U.S. Army
· 1909 - Oct. 29, Mrs. Ralph H. Van Demon first woman passenger in America
· 1911 - July 3, First army flying school established
· 1912 - First flight surgeon, Lt. John P. Kelly
· 1912 - First group cross country flight originated here, first long distance flight- 42 miles, destination, Chevy Chase, MD.
- First bombs dropped from an aircraft utilizing a bombsight
- First machine guns fired from an aircraft
- Early experimentation with radio signals sent from an aircraft
- Altitude records set by Lt. "Hap" Arnold, 6450 feet.
· 1918 - Aug. 12, Washington terminus, first regular airmail service
· 1920 - Early helicopter experiments by Emile Berliner
· 1922 - First successful flight of a helicopter by Henry Berliner
· 1933 - First "blind flying" cross country flight by James Kinney and Harry Diamond

Prince George's County Historical Society
Funded by National Aerospace Educational Memorial Center, Inc., 1976
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HM NumberHM160Z
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Year Placed1976
Placed ByPrince George's County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 333351 N 4316328
Decimal Degrees38.98010000, -76.92391667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.806', W 76° 55.435'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 48.36" N, 76° 55' 26.10" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240, 703, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park MD 20740, US
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