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Updated:   12 Apr 2020 ; 18:20  ET
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S. Berliner, III
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

S. Berliner, III's


Abandoned, Forgotten, and
Little-Known Airfields Page

See also the Aviation Page, et seq.

World War I Eberhart SE-5E
(American-built Version of the Royal Aircraft Factory's SE-5a)
Image from USAF Museum Site.


For aviation matters in general, see the main Aviation page.

Nota bene - I am a passenger; NOT a pilot!  Although I logged many hours in the Link trainer at NYC's late (and, by many, lamented) Museum of Science and Industry, I only had the command controls once, ca. 1980, in the right-hand seat of a Cessna 210, when our pilot seemed determined to B-25 the Empire State Building and I conned us away from that fate.

You might visit my other pages which are replete with aviation-related historical information, such as railroads, Emile Berliner and his son Henry A. Berliner, Chrysler and SS and Jaguar, the ordnance page, and the Fairchild Aerial Survey page.  You might also enjoy my Space Spy" views of oddities spotted on satellite imagery.

On the main Aviation page:
  George C. Dade
  V-1 Buzz Bombs
  Bell FM-1 Airacuda
  TWIN-FUSELAGE AIRPLANES (moved to Aviation page 5 on 09 Jul 2002)
  All-Time Favo(u)rites - My Choices (moved to Aviation page 4 on 29 Mar 2002)
  Boeing 307 Stratoliner
  Strombecker Kits

On Aviation Continuation Page 2:
  Berliner and Aviation
  More on the Bell FM-1 Airacuda.
  Bell P-59 Airacomet.
  Junkers Ju52/3m.

On Aviation Continuation Page 3:
  LTA - Lighter Than Air
  More Aviation Apocrypha.
      {so far}, plus miscellany.
    (moved from the main and second Aviation pages 27 Jan 00)
  Strombecker Kits
    (moved from main Aviationpage 09 Mar 00)
  Long Island Chopper - H34 to fly again

On Aviation Continuation Page 4:
  All-Time Favo(u)rites - My Choices (moved here from main page 29 Mar 2002)
  Marine Air Terminal (La Guardia).
  Casey Jones' Academy of Aeronautics.
  Dinky Meccano Aircraft Models.
  Comet Authenticast 1:432 Aircraft Models.

On Aviation Continuation Page 5:
  TWIN-FUSELAGE AIRPLANES (moved from the main Aviation page on 09 Jul 2002)
    P-38 Lockheed Lightning
    F-82 Twin Mustang
    Twin Ercoupe
  FW 189 Uhu
  He 111Z "Zwilling"
    and Me 321/323 "Gigant"

On Aviation Continuation Page 6:
    XP-49 Lockheed Lightning.
    XP-58 Lockheed Chain Lightning.
    Twin Cub.
  Champlain Flying Club's 1946 Aeronca Champ.
  Long Island Air Museums.
  Cradle of Aviation Museum.
  American Airpower Museum.

On Aviation Continuation Page 7 (24 Dec 2012):
    Avianca Flight 52. (25 Jan 1990/24 Dec 2012)
    Coffman Starting System. (25 Mar 2013)
    Weird Turboprop Shots. (22 Apr 2014)
    Airplane Caught in Satellite View of Hull, MA. (05 Apr 2015)
    Farnborough Weirdo. (08 Jun 2015)
    Ed Jurist and the CAF (18 Jul 2015).
    1943 - a Mid-Air Collision (Bf-109 vs. B-17) (05 May 2016).

On this Abandoned, Forgotten, and Little-Known Airfields Page (12 May 2018):
    Old St. Pierre Airport
  new.gif (12 May 2018) and rev (12 Apr 2020)

Aviation Tri-motor Page).

"Space Spy" - views of oddities spotted on satellite imagery.

See also the Aviation Humor page.


Abandoned, Forgotten, and
Little-Known Airfields Page

Let us start by shouting out pilot Paul Freeman, who has an absolutely fascinating Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields site.  I think so highly of Paul and his magnificent œuvre that I link it on every one of my aviation pages.  For many years now I have contributed little tidbits to Paul in spite of my rather-limited knowlege of aviation facilities.  I have since run across a spin-off of Paul's work, from the Netherlands, by one "Ronald V." covering Abandoned, Forgotten and Little Known Airfields in Europe.

What occasioned my "discovery" of Ronald's site was pure chance.  I was looking up something or other about Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the "self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France" (Collectivité d'Outre-mer de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon).  Saint Pierre and Miquelon are the major islands of a small archipelago situated in the north-western North Atlantic Ocean only a few miles off of the southern coast of Newfoundland in Canada!  On average, the coastlines of the islands are only 16km/10miles from the Newfoundland coast; Saint Pierre and Miquelon is the only political remnant of New France left.  O.K.; enough geography and history, eh?

As is my wont when checking out geographical entitities, I immediately pulled up satellite views, such as Google Maps or Google Earth, and whil(e)(st) virtully poking around the city of Saint Pierre and it's international airport (FSP), I noticed the unmistakeable trace of an abandoned and overbuilt airfield!  Wow!  What to do?  Paul only covers American airfields, neither Canadian nor French.  A quick on-line search turned up Ronald's site, but he only covers Europe.  I couldn't find anyone who covers Canada.  Worse yet, Saint Pierre isn't in Canada; it most certainly isn't in Europe, either!

Well, I notified both Paul and Ronald of my "discovery" and decided to post it here, on a new page (no, I do NOT propose to become a specialist like Paul and Ronald, though).

Now, assuming that you have enough smarts to know where Newfoundland is (you surely ought to), here's a satellite view of Saint Pierre and Miquelon in relation to southeaatern Newfoundland:


I have highlighted Saint Pierre and Miquelon at the lower left and St. John's, the capital of, and largest city in, Newfoundland and Labrador, at the upper right, as well as Placentia, best known to WWII vets and us old-timers as the nearest town to the giant former U. S. military base at Argentia (where FDR and Churchill drafted the Atlantic Charter just before Pearl Harbor).

Zooming in on the island of Saint Pierre, we can see just how very close it is the south end of the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland:


If you look carefully, you can just make out the new airport (FSP).

Zooming further in on the city of Saint Pierre itself, there's FSP in all its glory:


Ah, but what's that faint horizontal (E-W) line only some 200-300m/1,000-1,200 above it (N), running along the south shore of the harbor?

(Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image.)

Sure enough, it's an abandoned airfield, being overbuilt by residential and industrial structures.  Well, it's pretty obvious where the old terminal and hangar facilties are, eh?  Nope, not so - they are all modern buildings, east and west, respectively:



Wikipedia, as Paul advised me, notes that the "old airport, opened in 1965 and located on the south side of the inner harbour, was re-located due to the lack of room for expansion", that the "main terminal building is a two floor structure {and the} old airport is - - - being redeveloped for housing complexes", and that the "control tower, terminal building, hangar and part of the old runway (mark number 29) are intact".  If so, they must be those structures at the far outer end of the runway; street view doesn't reach that far.

"29"?  I didn't see any 29.  More zooming uncovered the "2" of "29":


but I found no evident old structures.  Perhaps the "control tower, terminal building, hangar" are those buildings at the far northeast end:


Hopefully, some local will set me straight (and even provide on-the-ground pix?).

Aha!  Writing to Paul Freeman on an unrelated matter got me to thinking (dangerous!) and I went back on Google Maps and across the bay to what must be a car-ferry "Street" View looking south and - - - what to my wondering eyes did appear but (no, not a sleigh and reindeer) the old tower:   add (12 Apr 2020)


or so it would certainly seem, big white building and all.

Not bad for a first crack at my own "Abandoned, Lost, and Forgotten Airports", eh?

C'mon, folks, who's going to cover Canada, Australia, Latin America (Mexico and Central and South America), Africa, and Asia?

As you are obviously air-minded (take that as you choose), you must see the Lion Air site!  I'd be Lion if I didn't warn you to keep your tongue in your cheek on this one!

On a more serious note, if you like aero engines, see Steve Vardy's Aero Engine Central.

As noted above, pilot Paul Freeman has an absolutely fascinating Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields site, as does Ronald V. at his Abandoned, Forgotten and Little Known Airfields in Europe.  Also please consider visiting my "Space Spy" views of oddities spotted on satellite imagery.

See also the main Aviation Page, et seq.:
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of this series of Aviation pages.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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