|IATA: none – ICAO: K28M – FAA LID: 28M|
|Operator||Cranland Airport Inc.|
|Elevation AMSL||71 ft / 22 m|
Cranland Airport, (ICAO: K28M, FAA LID: 28M) in Hanson, Massachusetts is a public use airport owned by Cranland Inc. It has one runway, averages 102 flights per week, and has approximately 28 aircraft based on its field.
Benjamin Atwood (Benny) owned and operated Cranland up until his death on July 13, 1967. Benny died in an airplane crash close to Little Sandy in Pembroke, MA. Atwood also owned Cranberry Sprayers Inc. located at Cranland. Atwood was one of the first jet pilots in the air force. Dennis K. Burke was the sole owner of the airport until July 26, 2011, he sold the airport to Peter T. Oakley, who is also the Airport Manager.
One historic aircraft, a Grumman Widgeon formerly owned by singer Jimmy Buffett (then registered as N1471N), is housed in the main hangar. It is now owned by Burke, who re-registered it as N3N. This Widgeon was rebuilt by former airport manager and aerospace engineer, Michael Maurano. Cranland Airport is also the home of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 279 http://www.eaa279.org/ . The club host's a fly-In breakfast every third Sunday each month between April and October 8am-11am and it's open to the public. Dozens of regional based aircraft from nearby Plymouth, Marshfield, And Mansfield municipal airports fly into Cranland where breakfast is served on airport grounds. Aircraft usually include local Cessna's, piper cubs, and other General Aviation icons. some of the most notable regularly appearing aircraft include a rare radial engine powered variant of the Fairchild F.22, a vintage 1940 Cessna 140, a Vietnam War era Cessna L-19 Bird-Dog observation airplane, a WWII era De Havilland Chipmunk trainer, a Pits S-2 bi-plane, a Boeing PT-17 Stearman bi-plane fitted with a 450hp engine, and a restored Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor (a former military variant of the Beech 18). The fly-in normally includes flyovers and demonstrations of the present aircraft later, in the June 2012 fly-in an Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter landed at the airport for display being the first time that the Cranland fly-in had any military involvement.
On August 1, 2007 a small plane crashed 40 yards from the runway. The only death was the pilot, a 63 year old man.
- http://www.eaa279.org/index.htm - EAA Chapter 279, based at Cranland
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