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DuPont Airport miscellany

1939-1945
 Collection
Identifier: 1660

Abstract

The DuPont Airport was a private flying field located on the west side of Wilmington, Delaware. The miscellaneous records include notices from the Federal Communications Commission and Civil Aeronautics Administration, tower materials, and airport arrival and clearance forms.

Dates

  • 1939-1945

Extent

127 item(s)

Historical Note

The DuPont Airport was a private flying field located on the west side of Wilmington, Delaware. In 1924, a private airfield was established by Henry B. du Pont (1898-1970). Charles Lindbergh landed there in October 1927 with his famous "Sprit of St. Louis" monoplane. The airfield was host to other aviation celebrities including Amelia Earhart and Clarence Chamberlain. With Richard C. du Pont (1911-1943) and Alexis Felix du Pont Jr.'s (1905-1996) purchase of the All American Aviation Company and Henry du Pont's Atlantic Aviation in 1938, the airfield was expanded, becoming one of the most modern privately owned public-use facilities in the country. All American Aviation, through several name changes including Allegheny Airlines and U.S. Airways, continues to exist as American Airlines.

Though civil flights were restricted during World War II, the DuPont Airfield continued to prosper as a flight training site for the Navy and as a base for the Civil Air Patrol. It was an important site for the development and testing of military experimental projects. Space limitations led to the transfer of most operations following the war.

The airfield continued to operate until the late 1950s or early 1960s, although the last Atlantic Aviation Corporation flight was in June 1958. The airfield was later demolished and the site became known as Barley Mill Plaza, a research and development center and office complex. The airfield was located near the intersection of Centre Road and Lancaster Pike.

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous records related to the DuPont Airport, including Federal Communications Commission notices and releases, Civil Aeronautics Administration notices, tower materials, and airport arrival and clearance forms.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

DuPont Airport register (Accession 2112), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
DuPont Airport miscellany
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400