Wurtsboro–Sullivan County Airport

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Wurtsboro–Sullivan County Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerShalom Lamm
ServesWurtsboro, New York
LocationMamakating, New York
Elevation AMSL560 ft / 171 m
Coordinates41°35′50″N 074°27′30″W / 41.59722°N 74.45833°W / 41.59722; -74.45833
N82 is located in New York
Location of airport in New York / United States
N82 is located in the United States
N82 (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 3,592 1,095 Asphalt
9/27 1,100 335 Turf
14/32 2,101 640 Turf
18/36 1,250 381 Turf
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations70,000
Based aircraft97
Sources: FAA,[1] airport website[2]

Wurtsboro–Sullivan County Airport (FAA LID: N82) is a privately owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northeast of the central business district of Wurtsboro, in Sullivan County, New York, United States. It is privately owned by Shalom Lamm.[1] It is commonly called Wurtsboro Airport.

It is believed to be the oldest operating glider airport in the nation.[2] The airport is located along Route 209 and the D & H Canal in the town of Mamakating.


The grave of Manual Gonsalus, the first non-Indian settler, is located on the Airport. His tombstone is dated April 18, 1752, and is one of the oldest tombstones in the state.

Before it was an airport, it was the Helm Family farm. The first known operator of the Wurtsboro Airport was Lee Lord, he gave flying lessons in the 1920–30s. In the 1940s Wurtsboro Airport was bought by Anthony Barone Sr, and his wife Theresa from Hoboken, NJ. Anthony raised his family on the airport, in the old homestead that used to reside there. The Barones kept it a family business for many years, with both George and his sister Patricia running the business. Patricia and George ran a very well known airport offering glider and airplane rides, lessons and rental with many private clientele from New York City. Including the late Christopher Reeve, who used to fly gliders out of the airport.

The airport is located on Barone Road in the town of Mamakating, just north of the village of Wurtsboro. After the Barone's, George and Patricia, sudden illnesses and subsequent deaths the airport was sold by the remaining family. In 2006 the airport was acquired by Shalom Lamm. The airport still offers scenic airplane and glider rides today, as well as flying lessons, aircraft rental and aircraft maintenance.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Wurtsboro Airport covers an area of 500 acres (200 ha) which contains four unlit runways:[1]

  • Runway 5/23: 3592 x 60 ft (1095 x 18 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 14/32: 2101 x 120 ft (640 x 37 m), Surface: Turf
  • Runway 18/36: 1250 x 150 ft (381 x 46 m), Surface: Turf
  • Runway 9/27: 1100 x 110 ft (335 x 34 m), Surface: Turf

Services available:[1]

  • Glider and Power Rides, Instruction, Rental, Sales and Tow.
  • Hangars and Tiedowns.
  • Attended 0900 – 1700.

There are 97 aircraft based at this airport: 52 single-engine and 45 gliders.[1]


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