Norwood Memorial Airport

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Norwood Memorial Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Town of Norwood
Location Norwood, Massachusetts
Elevation AMSL 49 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 42°11′26″N 071°10′23″W / 42.19056°N 71.17306°W / 42.19056; -71.17306
OWD is located in Massachusetts
Location of airport in Massachusetts / United States
OWD is located in the US
OWD (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 3,995 1,218 Asphalt
17/35 4,008 1,222 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 100,000
Based aircraft 246

Norwood Memorial Airport (IATA: OWD, ICAO: KOWD, FAA LID: OWD)[2][3] is a public-use airport located two miles (3 km) east of the central business district of Norwood, a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. This airport is owned by the Town of Norwood.[1] Located off Route 128, it is home to the offices of prominent local businessmen and several maintenance facilities. It was formerly Outlying Landing Field Norwood, used to train pilots from 1942 to 1945 for World War II.[4] It took the place of the former Boston Metropolitan Airport located in Canton, Massachusetts which had closed by 1970, as the newer Norwood facility was on the northwest side of Interstate 95 between its exits 11 and 12, as the then-new highway's roadbed was being built in Canton the early-to-mid-1960s.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Norwood Memorial Airport covers an area of 688 acres (278 ha) and has two runways:[1]

  • Runway 10/28: 3,995 x 75 ft (1,218 x 23 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 17/35: 4,008 x 100 ft (1,222 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2006, the airport had 100,000 aircraft operations, an average of 273 per day: 77% general aviation, 22% air taxi and 1% military.[1]

There are 246 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single engine, 12% multi-engine, 4% jet aircraft and 2% helicopters.[1]

The airport also includes two flight schools and Flight Level Aviation as an FBO. Charter services operate commonly out of the airport.

As a result of federal budget cuts, the air traffic control tower was to be closed in 2013, but FAA funding was restored before closure took place, enabling continued operation.[6]


Flooding at the airport, 2010

On June 4, 2007 a Mooney M-20-P crashed into the woods south of the airport while on final approach. One person was killed.[7]

In March 2010, the airport was closed due to severe flooding.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for OWD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-03-15
  2. ^ "Codes - Airline and airport codes search". IATA. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Norwood Memorial". NFDC. FAA. Retrieved 2012-10-22.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  4. ^ "Massachusetts Naval Air Bases, Coast Guard Bases, Military & Auxiliary Air Fields 1923-1945". Massachusetts Aviation Historical Society. 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Paul (July 3, 2015). "Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields - Massachusetts, Southwest Boston Area - Massachusetts Air Terminal & Arena / Canton Airport / Massachusetts Air Terminal / Boston Metropolitan Airport, Canton, MA". Paul Freeman. Retrieved December 27, 2016. Canton Airport appeared closed in a November 1965 aerial view by Mark L. Thaisz of Col-East, Inc...It showed that a road had been constructed running right through the center of the hangars, and continuing north through the center of the runways. The 3 hangars still remained, though, and the outline of all 4 runways still remained recognizable...A 1969 aerial photo showed that the airfield appeared to remain largely intact, with the exception of the road cutting through the center...The 1972 USGS topo map still depicted the cluster of buildings along the southwest side, but the runways were no longer depicted, and the site was no longer labeled as an airport. No aircraft were visible on the field. 
  6. ^ Laing, Keith (10 May 2013). "FAA relents on flight tower closures; GOP declares sequester skirmish win". The Hill. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Woman killed in plane crash near Norwood Airport". WBZ NewsRadio 1030. 2007-06-04. 
  8. ^ "DOT: Norwood Airport a flooding risk". Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 

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