Linden Airport

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Linden Airport
IATA: LDJICAO: KLDJFAA LID: LDJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Linden
Serves Linden, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL 22 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 40°37′03″N 074°14′40″W / 40.61750°N 74.24444°W / 40.61750; -74.24444Coordinates: 40°37′03″N 074°14′40″W / 40.61750°N 74.24444°W / 40.61750; -74.24444
Website LindenAirportNJ.com
Map
LDJ is located in Union County, New Jersey
LDJ
LDJ
Location in Union County, New Jersey
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 4,140 1,262 Asphalt
Statistics (2002)
Aircraft operations 42,925
Based aircraft 91
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Linden Airport (IATA: LDJ[2]ICAO: KLDJFAA 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.[1] 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.[3]

History[edit]

During World War II General Motors automobile factory across the street from the airport called Linden Assembly, produced military aircraft.

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 won a race in the then-NASCAR Grand National Division (now known as the Sprint Cup Series).[4]

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 the only non-towered (no control tower) airport in the New York City 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[edit]

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).[1]

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.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LDJ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (LDJ: Linden)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1954-18". http://www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 

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