Many events in the history of aviation, including countless record-breaking flights and important developments in aerial technology, took place at the College Park Airport in Maryland. College Park Airport, an historic general aviation gateway to the Nation’s Capital. Established in 1909 as the military demonstration site for the Wright Brothers, College Park Airport is the world’s oldest continually operating airport. College Park Airport is the home to many aviation “firsts”. First mile-high flight by a powered airplane, first female passenger, and the first controlled helicopter flight all took place at College Park Airport. In its present day status, College Park Airport serves as a convenient modern day facility, meeting the everyday needs of general aviation pilots in the DC-metropolitan area. Conveniently located within walking distance to the Metro Rail system, CGS continues to be a prime option for general aviation pilots visiting Washington, DC. From 1912 to 1917 the Washington Aeroplane Company maintained facilities at College Park and there built its Columbia Biplane.
On August 12, 1918, the College Park field became the Washington terminus for the first U.S. Post Office commercial airmail service. Emile and Henry Berliner, credited with inventing the first helicopter possessing maneuvering capabilities, arrived at College Park in 1920 and began testing their helicopter. The site at College Park has witnessed such tests as the first bomb sight developed for use in an airplane as well as the first aerial machine gun. On this site Americans took experimented with wireless radio communications, made the first reported nighttime landing with the aid of acetylene lamps on the ground and developed the first radio navigational aides for all weather flying. As the world’s oldest continually operating airport, the College Park Airport has cemented its place in aviation history.
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