Cornelia Fort Airpark
|Cornelia Fort Airpark|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: M88|
|Elevation AMSL||418 ft / 127 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Cornelia Fort Airpark (FAA LID: M88) was a privately owned, public-use airport located five nautical miles (9 km) northeast of the central business district of Nashville, in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States.
The airport was established in 1944 by the Colemill Flying Service and was named for World War II aviator Cornelia Fort.
On March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline was flying to the airport from Fairfax Airport in Kansas City, Kansas with a stopover at Dyersburg when her Piper Comanche crashed 90 miles from the airport near Camden, Tennessee.
In the early 1950s Ernest W. Colbert bought out his partner to become sole owner and continued in that capacity (operating it as Colemill Enterprises) until selling it in 2011. Colbert had been seeking a buyer after defaulting on loans of $1 million in 2005 and the second for $1.4 million in 2010 (after it was inundated in the 2010 Tennessee floods.
Facilities and aircraft
Cornelia Fort Airpark covered an area of 300 acres (121 ha) at an elevation of 418 feet (127 m) above mean sea level. It had one runway designated 4/22 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,500 by 50 feet (1,067 x 15 m). For the 12-month period ending March 6, 2009, the airport had 30,110 aircraft operations, an average of 82 per day: 95% general aviation and 5% air taxi. At that time there were 27 aircraft based at this airport: 74% single-engine and 26% multi-engine.
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