Cape May Airport

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Cape May Airport

Cape May County Airport
FAA runway diagram
Airport typePublic
OwnerDelaware River and Bay Authority
ServesCape May, New Jersey
Wildwood, New Jersey
LocationLower Township, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates39°00′31″N 074°54′31″W / 39.00861°N 74.90861°W / 39.00861; -74.90861Coordinates: 39°00′31″N 074°54′31″W / 39.00861°N 74.90861°W / 39.00861; -74.90861
WWD is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
Location in Cape May County, New Jersey
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 5,252 1,601 Asphalt
10/28 4,998 1,523 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations30,200
Based aircraft48

Cape May Airport[3] or Cape May County Airport[1][2] (IATA: WWD[4], ICAO: KWWD, FAA LID: WWD) is a public use airport in Lower Township,[5][6] Cape May County, New Jersey, United States.[1] Owned by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the airport is four nautical miles (7 km) northwest of the central business district of Wildwood.[1]

It is located near the Rio Grande census-designated place in Middle Township, with an Erma address.[7][8][9]

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[10]

Hangar #1 contains the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, whose collection focuses on World War II, named after the former Naval Air Station Wildwood.


Hangar No. 1, on the National Register of Historic Places.

The airport started in 1941 as NAS Rio Grande, named for its location near Rio Grande, New Jersey. Due to confusion with Rio Grande, Texas, the name was changed to NAS Wildwood in 1943. Following the end of World War II, Naval Air Station Wildwood was deemed excess to U.S. Navy requirements. It was subsequently deeded to the local government for transition to a civilian airport which is still in operation today as Cape May County Airport.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Cape May County Airport covers an area of 996 acres (403 ha) at an elevation of 21 feet (6 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 1/19 is 5,252 by 150 feet (1,601 x 46 m) and 10/28 is 4,998 by 150 feet (1,523 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending November 1, 2010, the airport had 30,200 aircraft operations, an average of 82 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. At that time there were 48 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, and 2% jet.[1]

FlightLevel Aviation is the current Fixed Base Operator (FBO) on the field serving General Aviation traffic. FBO services include full and self-serve 100LL Avgas and full service Jet A fuel.[11]

On-field services include Flight Deck Diner and Kindle Car Rental.[12] Locations off-field include Cape May National Golf Course (2 miles), Lobster House Restaurant (3 miles) and the Wetlands Institute (10 miles).


On December 12, 1976, an Atlantic City Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operating as Allegheny Commuter Flight 977 crashed short of the runway.[13] Of the two crew members, one died and one sustained serious injuries. Of the passengers, two died and six sustained serious injuries. One seriously injured passenger died one month after the accident, but was counted as a survivor by the National Transportation Safety Board report, because it defined fatalities as individuals who died within seven days of the accident.[14]

On August 27, 1993, F-16A 82-0990 (call sign MAPLE 91) of the 134th FS, 158th FW, Vermont Air National Guard, USAF was written off when it Crash landed and skidded off runway at the Cape May County Airport. The pilot ejected and landed in a drainage ditch

According to the following extract (albeit redacted/censored) from the official USAF inquiry into the incident:

"On 27 August 1993, (MP) was scheduled as flight lead of a two-ship cross country flight from Burlington IAP, VT to Langley AFB, VA. The flight was to-include air-to-air refuelling followed by Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics (DACT) with F-15 Eagles and landing at the unit's Alert Detachment Base.

The flight departed Burlington IAP, VT at 08:58 local EDT with the call sign of Maple 91. Refuelling with a KC-135 Tanker and DACT with F-15's in MOA (Military Operating Area) W-105 was as scheduled.

During the recovery to Langley AFB, VA, a descent was accomplished from FL 410 to FL 310. Upon levelling out at FL 310 and advancing the throttle the Mishap Pilot (MP) experienced a compressor stall. The MP turned west toward land and accomplished a Unified Fuel Control (UFC) airstart which was successful and gave him idle thrust at 20,000 ft. When the MP again moved the throttle, a second stall occurred passing 17,000 ft. Another UFC air start was accomplished giving the (MP) idle thrust.

The MP concentrated on flying a Simulated Flame out Approach (SFO) into Cape May County Airport, NJ. The SFO was flown with touchdown at 200 knots IAS, 500 feet from the approach end of runway 01. The total length of the runway is 4,998 feet and the MP was unable to stop the aircraft and initiated a successful ejection prior to the aircraft leaving the paved surface of the runway.

The aircraft continued straight ahead, proceeded across a road, and came to rest in an abandoned landfill approximately 950 feet from the departure end of the runway. The aircraft was destroyed by breakup and post-crash fire"

Note that, as the report is redacted/censored, the pilot involved is not named, and is only referred to as "MP" = "Mishap Pilot"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for WWD – Cape May County (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Cape May Airport County Airport (WWD)" (PDF). Airport Directory. New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Cape May Airport". Delaware River and Bay Authority. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (WWD: Wildwood / Cape May County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lower township, NJ." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 15, 2018. Pages: 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  6. ^ "Airport Operations." Cape May Airport. Retrieved on August 15, 2018. "Cape May Airport (WWD) 507 Terminal Drive, Bldg. 102 Rio Grande, NJ 08242"
  7. ^ Linehan, Mary. "Air station looks to solve identity crisis" Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine, The Cape May Gazette, April 30, 2013. Accessed May 4, 2013. "According to the DRBA maintained website for the Cape May Airport, 'this well-maintained 1,000-acre general aviation airport' is located in Rio Grande, New Jersey, approximately five miles from Cape May. The site does list the airport’s address as being in Erma. Rio Grande is part of Middle Township and Erma is in Lower Township."
  8. ^ General information about Cape May Airport (WWD) Archived July 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Delaware River and Bay Authority. Accessed June 22, 2007. "This well-maintained, 1,000-acre general aviation airport located in Rio Grande, New Jersey, approximately 5 miles from Cape May, has two runways, six taxiways and three aircraft parking ramps."
  9. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Rio Grande CDP, NJ." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 15, 2018. Note: The airport is outside of the U.S. government census-designated place of Rio Grande, though other sources describe it as being in Rio Grande.
  10. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
  11. ^ "AirNav: FlightLevel Cape May at Cape May County Airport". Airnav.
  12. ^ "AirNav: KWWD - Cape May County Airport". Airnav.
  13. ^ "AAR77-12 Archived July 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on June 10, 2009. i (2 of 31).
  14. ^ "AAR77-12 Archived July 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on June 10, 2009. (7 of 31).

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