Pearson Field vs. College Park - which is the "oldest airport?"
Local historians and aviators have long regarded Pearson Field as the oldest continuously operating airport in the U.S., based on the 1905 flight of a lighter-than-air dirigible. But College Park Airport in Maryland makes the same claim. Who is right? The May 2014 issue of AOPA Pilot magazine takes a look.
Read the article and decide for yourself, then watch some 1925 newsreel footage of the dedication of the field to Lieutenant Alexander Pearson, Jr. Pearson was a pioneering U.S. Army pilot, killed in an accident the year before. Look closely in the background and you’ll see the Interstate Bridge, still in service today.