|IATA: LDJ – ICAO: KLDJ – FAA LID: LDJ|
|Owner||City of Linden|
|Serves||Linden, New Jersey|
|Elevation AMSL||22 ft / 7 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Linden Airport (IATA: LDJ, ICAO: KLDJ, FAA LID: LDJ) is a city owned, public use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) southeast of the central business district of Linden, a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. Also known as Linden Municipal Airport, it is situated along U.S. Route 1&9. This facility is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.
When World War II started Grumman Aircraft Corporation contracted with the recently created Eastern Aircraft Corporation (a GM company) to take over the manufacture of the Wildcat and Avenger aircraft for the US Navy and its Allies. This would allow Grumman to focus on the development and production of Hellcat. The Wildcat was manufactured in Linden, NJ and towed across the street to the Linden Airport for test flying and delivery.
Construction of Linden Airport was started in the spring of 1942 and completed by October 1942. During the war Eastern Aircraft produced about 3,600 FM-1 and FM-2 Wildcats. After the war Linden Airport was turned over to the city of Linden which still owns and operates the airport under contract.
The airport served as a temporary road racing course in 1954 when Al Keller drove a Jaguar to victory in the then-NASCAR Grand National Division (now known as the Sprint Cup Series). It was the last win by a non-American made nameplate until Kyle Busch, driving a Toyota, won the 2008 Kobalt Tools 500, spanning 53 years and nine months.
The original airport with its intersecting runways and large hangar remained intact until 1998 when the City of Linden, needing more tax-ratable property decided to divide up the underutilized airport to create a shopping center called Aviation Plaza on the north side of the field. A new airport was built on the south side complete with new taxiways, hangars and parking areas. The only remaining part of the original airport is the west to east (9-27) runway.
The airport is one of a few remaining general aviation airports and the only non-towered (no control tower) airport in the New York metro area. Its close proximity to New York City and relatively light air traffic makes it an ideal location for basing news helicopters for New York's news channels. The airport is home to many sightseeing and commuter helicopters that fill the skies over New York.
In 2010 Linden Airport hosted the New York City round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Facilities and aircraft
Linden Airport covers an area of 188 acres (76 ha) at an elevation of 22 feet (7 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 9/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,140 by 100 feet (1,262 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending January 8, 2002, the airport had 42,925 aircraft operations, an average of 117 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. At that time there were 91 aircraft based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 18% helicopter, 11% multi-engine, and 1% jet.
- FAA Airport Master Record for LDJ ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (LDJ: Linden)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Linden Airport, official website
- Linden Airport (LDJ) from New Jersey DOT Airport Directory
- Aviation photos of Linden Airport at jetphotos.net
- Core Helicopters, a helicopter flight school located at the airport
- Aerial image as of March 1995 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LDJ, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: