Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:

Ohio: Western Cleveland area

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Avon Airport (revised 11/1/17) - Brooklyn Airport (revised 11/22/14)

Port Mills Airport / Lorain Sky Port / Lorain City Airport (added 4/25/18) - Strongsville Airpark (revised 2/10/16)

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Port Mills Airport / Lorain Sky Port / Lorain City Airport, Lorain, OH

41.447, -82.202 (West of Cleveland, OH)

An undated aerial view looking northeast at Port Mills Airport, from a 7/26/29 newspaper article (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



Port Mills Airport was established in 1929, according to a 7/26/29 newpaper article entitled “Lorain Awaits Airport Opening” (courtesy of Lee Corbin).

The earliest depiction which has been located of Port Mills Airport was an undated aerial view from that article (courtesy of Lee Corbin),

which depicted Port Mills Airport as a square airfield within which was one runway.



A circa 1930s photo of 2 biplanes outside a hangar at Port Mills Airport (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



The earliest aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Port Mills Airport was on the December 1932 Cleveland Sectional Chart.

It depicted Port Mills as a commercial/municipal airport.



It was still labeled as Port Mills Airport on the June 1945 Cleveland Sectional Chart.



The July 1947 Cleveland Sectional Chart depicted an odd sight:

the Port Mills Airport has been renamed at some point beween 1945-47 to Lorain Sky Port,

and a new Lorain Airport had been built on the opposite (west) side of North Leavitt Road.



The November 1950 Cleveland Sectional Chart depicted Lorain Airport as having a 3,000' unpaved runway,

and Lorain Sky Port as having a 2,700' unpaved runway.



An April 1952 aerial view (courtesy of Lee Corbin) of Lorain City Airport depicted an odd sight:

the original airport (on the east side of North Leavitt Road), which consisted of 2 runways in an X-shape,

had been replaced by another airport on the opposite side of the road, with almost exactly the same runway configuration.



A circa 1950s photo of pilot Bill Long in front of his Ercoupe at Lorain City Airport (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



A circa 1950s advertisement for the Lorain Air Service at Lorain Airport (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



The January 1955 Cleveland Sectional Chart continued to depict Lorain Airport & Lorain Sky Port.



The January 1958 Cleveland Sectional Chart labeled the 2 airports as “City” & “Sky Port”.



Lorain Sky Port (on the east side of North Leavitt Road) was evidently closed at some point between 1958-60,

as the July 1960 Cleveland Sectional Chart only depicted Lorain Airport on the west side of the road.



The 1960 USGS topo map (courtesy of Lee Corbin) depicted Lorain Airport (on the west side of North Leavitt Road)

along with the original Lorain Airport (labeled “Airport (Abandoned)”) on the east side of the road.



A 5/20/60 photo of several planes in front of a hangar painted with “Lorain” on its roof (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



An April 1962 aerial view (courtesy of Lee Corbin) depicted Lorain City Airport (on the west side of North Leavitt Road),

but showed that the original airport on the opposite side of the road had been covered by new housing construction.



A 1969 aerial view depicted a total of 9 light aircraft at Lorain City Airport.



The 1969 USGS topo map (courtesy of Lee Corbin) depicted Lorain Airport (on the west side of North Leavitt Road),

but no longer depicted the original airport on the opposite side of the road, with that location having been covered by new residential streets.



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Lorain City Airport was on the November 1970 Cleveland Sectional Chart.

It depicted Lorain City Airport as having a 3,000' unpaved runway.



The last photo which has been located showing an aircraft at Lorain City Airport was a 1972 photo of Bill Long's Ercoupe in front of the Lorain City Airport hangar.



A July 1972 photo of the Lorain City Airport hangar (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



The last photo which has been located of Lorain City Airport was a September 1972 photo of the Lorain City Airport office building (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



Lorain City Airport was evidently closed (for reasons unknown) at some point between 1972-80,

as the 1980 USGS topo map no longer depicted the airport.



A 1994 aerial view showed that a school & several other buildings had removed any trace of the 2nd location of Lorain City Airport (on the west side of the road).



A circa 2010-2018 photo (courtesy of Lee Corbin) shows what appears to be a former hangar which remains standing on the east side of North Leavitt Road,

perhaps the last remnant of Lorain City Airport.



A 2015 aerial view showed no obvious trace of either of the 2 locations of Lorain Airport,

but what appears to be a former hangar remains standing on the east side of North Leavitt Road.



Thanks to Lee Corbin for pointing out this airfield.

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Avon Airport, Westlake, OH

41.43, -81.97 (West of Cleveland, OH)

Avon Airport, as depicted on the November 1950 Cleveland Sectional Chart.



This small general aviation airport on the west side of Cleveland was evidently established at some point between 1947-50,

as it was not yet depicted on the July 1947 Cleveland Sectional Chart.

The earliest depiction which has been located of Avon Airport was on the November 1950 Cleveland Sectional Chart,

which depicted Avon Airport as having a 2,400' unpaved runway.



The earliest photo which has been located of Avon Airport was a 1951 aerial view (courtesy of Mike Kmetz).

It depicted Avon Airport as having 3 unpaved runways.



The earliest topo map depiction which has been located of Avon Airport is the 1953 USGS topo map.

It depicted Avon Airport as having 3 unpaved runways, with a few small buildings on the northwest side.



A circa 1954-59 aerial view looking south at Avon Airport (courtesy of Greg Hamilton),

showed several brightly-colored light planes parked near some small buildings on the northwest side.



Two circa 1954-59 photos (courtesy of Greg Hamilton) of Greg's father's Piper Cub & other aircraft at Avon Airport.



An August 1957 photo (courtesy of Mike Kmetz) of himself (far left) & others in front of a PT-26 flown by his friend’s uncle at an event at Avon Airport.

Mike Kmetz recalled, “In August 1957 I attended a competitive event for pilots there (spot landing; bomb drop).”



A winter 1958-59 photo by Tom Jones of the Avon Airport sign on Schwartz Road.



A November 1958 photo by Tom Jones of an Aeronca being hand-propped at Avon Airport.



Tom Jones recalled, “Set in an area of quiet farm fields and sections of hardwoods, Avon Airport was truly the essence of the 'small rural airport'.

During the mid-1950s, a wingnut pal Ken Smith & I would ride bikes from Bay Village out to Avon airport hoping that someone would 'take us up'.

Eventually after hanging around a few times, we got our wish.

Two very generous pilots, Orland VanGunten & Jerry McTigue gave us our first small plane rides in a Piper Vagabond, PT-19, and Aeronca Champ.

I usually carried an older box camera with black & white 620 film & captured various airport images during that mid-1950s period.

The simplicity of the airport 'office' was evident in the west side section of the rural farmhouse.

A small wood counter & glass display case filled the small entry space. A fellow named Charlie Cook was the manager at the time.

There was what we called 'the Boneyard' at the southwest corner of the field.

A few skeletal remains of surplus WW2 trainers & other 'bent' parts had brush & small trees growing through them.”



A winter 1958-59 photo by Tom Jones of 3 Cessnas around the Avon Airport hangars.



A January 1959 photo by Tom Jones of a Piper Tri-Pacer at Avon Airport, with an Aeronca, Ercoupe, and Piper Cub visible in the background.



A 1959 photo by Tom Jones a beautiful natural metal Globe Swift taxiing at a snowy Avon Airport.



Tom Jones recalled, “It was hard watching the airport decline from 1958-61 with fewer aircraft tied down & more empty hangars.

Thankfully, many good memories remain.”



Mike Kmetz recalled, “Avon Airport... A friend gave me my first ride in a light plane there in his father’s Piper Tri-Pacer in 1959.

This was one of those relaxed airports where pilots socialized with their families.

I recall going west on Schwartz Road from Bradley, then turning left onto a long gravel road to the airport.

The grass runway was east/west.

There was an old farm house & hangars at the west end right by the gravel road.”



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Avon Airport was on the 1960 Cleveland Local Aeronautical Chart,

which depicted Avon as having a 2,400' unpaved runway.



According to Greg Hamilton (whose father kept his plane at Avon), Avon Airport... closed around 1961 for development.”



A sad 1964 photo by Tom Jones of the Avon Airport hangars, after the airport's closure but before its redevelopement.



A 1979 aerial view (courtesy of Mike Kmetz) showed the X-shape remaining of Avon Airport's runways, but the property may have already been under redevelopment into a golf course.



A 2014 aerial view showed the golf course covering the site of Avon Airport, but even after more than 50 years the X-shape of the former runways was still recognizable,

and the foundations of the hangars were still recognizable at the northwest corner.



As of 2015, street maps label the site of Avon Airport as Hillard Lakes Golf Club.



The site of Avon Airport is located at the western terminus of Lincoln Road.



Thanks to Mike Kmetz for pointing out this airfield.

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Brooklyn Airport, Brooklyn, OH

41.425, -81.74 (South of Cleveland, OH)

Brooklyn Airport was depicted as a commercial/municipal airport on the March 1940 Cleveland Sectional Chart.



The date of establishment of this small general aviation airport has not been determined.

Brooklyn Airport was not yet depicted on the February 1935 Cleveland Sectional Chart

nor on the 1939 USGS topo map.



The earliest depiction which has been located of Brooklyn Airport was on the March 1940 Cleveland Sectional Chart,

which depicted it as a commercial/municipal airport.



The earliest photo which has been located of Brooklyn Airport was a 10/2/43 aerial view looking northwest

in the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).

It depicted Brooklyn as having 3 unpaved runways, with a few small buildings along the southeast side.



The 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock) described Brooklyn Airport

as a 80 acre irregularly-shaped property having 3 sod runways, the longest being the 2,640' northeast/southwest strip.

Brooklyn Airport was said to have a single 64' x 60' wooden hangar,

and to be owned & operated by private interests.



An undated (post 1945) photo of 3 unidentified people in front of the Brooklyn Airport Ideal Flying Service hangar,

with a Piper Cub peeking out of the hangar & another on the side.

According to Larry Meal, “That photo I think was after 1945, because I can see the CG-4 glider wing attached to the side of the hangar behind them.

After the war was over they purchased 2 or 3 crated-up gliders to get the crates & pull the units out & dumped on the ground for classrooms for those CPT students.

My brother & I got lots of stick time in the fuselages. I still have one of the leading edge ribs hanging on the wall in my man cave [in 2018].”



An undated (circa 1940s?) aerial view looking at a huge number of light aircraft parked at Brooklyn Airport.



According to Rick Wargo, Brooklyn Airport is mentioned in Peter Fusco's book “Moondog's Academy of the Air & Other Disasters”.



Brooklyn Airport may have gone through a period of closure or inactivity, as a 4/1/52 USGS aerial photo showed the field devoid of any aircraft,

in marked contrast to the earlier photo.



The 1953 USGS topo map depicted Brooklyn Airport as having 3 unpaved runways, with a few small buildings along the southeast side.



Larry Meal recalled, “Brooklyn Field was a few blocks from my home & as a 12 year old boy I rode my bike out there to hang on the fence & watch the Cubs takeoff & land.

One day a pilot came over to the fence, with the usual 'Hey kid, you like airplanes? Wanna go for a ride?'

Heck yes... I had my first ride in his Monocoupe which was tied down in front of the little office building.

Later I started taking flying lessons in their old high-time J-3 Cubs. They had run a Civilian Pilot Training school with a few Cubs.

In the pilots' logbook rack in the office were a hundred or so logbooks.

My first logged flying lesson at Brooklyn was 7/18/56 in N98271, but before that I flew many rides with the old pilots out there.”



The 1960 Cleveland Local Aeronautical Chart depicted Brooklyn Airport as having a 2,600' unpaved runway.



Kathy Naugle recalled, “The Brooklyn Airport... our home was on a side street directly across the street.

I have a memory of seeing people run down to the end of my street & what I saw was a small private plane caught in the telephone lines hanging there.

I can't say exactly what year that would be but I would suspect around 1961.”



The last photo which has been located of Brooklyn Airport was a 12/1/62 USGS aerial view.

The 3 grass runways were still evident, but the number of aircraft on the field had dwindled to only a dozen.



As concerns the date at which Brooklyn Airport was closed, Kathy Naugle recalled, “I use to tramp around back in those fields up to 1965 & don't recall ever seeing any planes back there.”



The last depiction which has been located of Brooklyn Airport was on the 1968 USGS topo map,

which depicted it in the same fashion as on the 1953 USGS topo map.



Brooklyn Airport was evidently closed (for reasons unknown) by 1971,

as it was no longer depicted on the 1971 USGS topo map, with simply an unlabeled clearing depicted instead.



A 4/6/12 aerial view showed no trace remaining of Brooklyn Airport.



The site of Brooklyn Airport is located southwest of the intersection of Biddulph Road & Ridge Road.



Thanks to Rick Wargo for pointing out this airfield.

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Strongsville Airpark (1G6), Strongsville, OH

41.325, -81.865 (Southwest of Cleveland, OH)

A 4/1/52 USGS aerial photo of Strongsville Airpark.



Yet another former general aviation airport, now lost to further housing construction.



The earliest depiction which has been located of the Strongsville Airpark was a 4/1/52 USGS aerial photo.

It depicted 6 light single-engine aircraft clustered around small shed on the east side of the field,

and 2 modest grass runways, oriented northeast/southwest & east/west.



Strongsville Airpark was founded by Melvin Peters.



The 1953 USGS topo map depicted Strongsville Airpark as having 2 unpaved runways, labeled simply as “Landing Field”,

and a single hangar on the east side of the field.



Strongsville Airpark was was not yet depicted on the January 1955 Cleveland Sectional Chart.



The 1955 OH Airport Directory (courtesy of Stephen Mahaley)

depicted Strongsville Air Park as having 3 runways, with the longest being an 1,875' east/west strip.

It also indicated plans for all 3 runways to be extended.

Several hangars were located along the southeast side of the field.

The operator was listed as Melvin Peters.



Libby Thompson recalled of Strongsville Airport, “I grew up on the airport property until I was 9.

The owner, Melvin Peters, was my step-grandfather

and his son, Ron Peters, pretty much ran the airport until we moved out of state.

We lived in a house that was located on the property,

and my brother & I used to race our mini-bikes on the runways at night after the airport closed for the evening.”



The July 1956 Cleveland Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)

depicted Strongsville as having a 1,900' unpaved runway.



Strongsville apparently gained paved runways at some point between 1956-62,

as the 1962 AOPA Airport Directory described the field as having 2 asphaltic-concrete runways:

3,000' Runway 9/27 & 2,750' Runway 18/36.

The operator was listed as Melvin Peters.



A 1962 aerial view depicted Strongsville as having 2 paved perpendicular runways,

and over 2-dozen light aircraft parked around the field.



A circa 1965-66 aerial view looking west at Strongsville Airpark (courtesy of Wayne Peters).

It depicted the field as having 2 perpendicular paved runways,

with an office & main hangar on the southeast side,

and what may have been some smaller individual hangars along the east side of Runway 9/27.

Note the VOR beacon just beyond the runway intersection.



A flight simulator scenery depiction by Nick Newcomb showing Strongsville from the same perspective as the preceding photo.



Wayne Peters recalled, “I am the grandson of Mel Peters & the son of Ron [Peters].

It was quite a busy operation from the mid 1960's to the early 1970's.

We had a flight school & were a Cessna Dealer too.”



A 1965 brochure for Strongsville Airpark (courtesy of Wayne Peters).



A January 1965 photo of a Grumman F8F Bearcat fighter & 2 Cessnas Strongsville Airpark (courtesy of Wayne Peters).

Wayne recalled, “A passing surplus Bearcat landed at our airport on its way west.”



Andy Dulay recalled, “I learned to fly at Strongsville & remember Mel Peters & his son running the operation.

A little-known fact is that Jim Bede's (BD-5, Bede Aircraft, etc) son was my original flight instructor at Strongsville!”



The layout of Strongsville Airport, as depicted on the 1966 OH Airport Directory (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



The 2/5/68 State of Ohio Airport Certificate for Strongsville Airport (courtesy of Wayne Peters)

approved the field as a “Class II Airport”.



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Strongsville Airport was on the May 1970 Cleveland Sectional Chart.

It depicted Strongsville as having 2 paved runways, with the longest being 2,800'.



A 1970 aerial view depicted Strongsville as having 2 paved perpendicular runways,

and over 2-dozen light aircraft parked around the field.



Ron Miska recalled, “I worked as a line boy a Strongsville Air Park from 1970-72.

Ron & Mel [Peters] were great bosses. Working at Strongsville Airport was my first job, and has remained my favorite over the decades.

My starting pay was $1.40/hour.

Others who worked there at the same time as I did include: Jim Blessing, Walt Maxim, Ron Mitchell, Ron Weber, Greg Lann (flight instructors),

and Howie Barkfelt & Dick Gross (mechanics).

The line boys immediately before me were Tim Ur & Duane Bulla.

Including me, 4 Rons worked there at the same time. It got confusing when Mel called out over the intercom: 'Ron will you come into the office please?'

I used to dump spent oil on the ground. Then one day I got the clever idea to use the oil to spell out my initials (RM) in huge letters on a gravel taxiway.

It took many oil changes & several months to do it. You couldn’t really notice the letters from the ground, but they were very noticeable from the air.

About a month after I finished, a pilot walked in the office & asked Mel what those letters meant.

Mel had no idea what the guy was talking about. I was there & had to fess up. Mel could be quite stern, but instead of being angry, he laughed.

After this, his son Ron, whose name was Ronald M. Peters (RMP), used spent oil to add a 'P' after my initials!”



An early 1970s picture of 2 Cessnas in front of the Strongsville Airpark office (courtesy of Wayne Peters).



Wayne Peters recalled, “I used to work at the airport as a lineboy starting at age 14 [1972].

I also soloed at the airport in 1973 at the age of 16

and took my checkride for my Private Pilots license one year later at 17 at the field in a Cessna 150.

After my Grandad sold Strongsville Airport & property (190 acres) in 1974

to the developer who eventually built all the houses that now occupy the site,

Dad & Grandad split the profits of the sale & moved west.”



Glenn Shaw recalled, “Strongsville... I landed there in 1976. It was a nice airport.”



The last photo which has been located of Strongsville Airpark was a 1979 aerial view,

which depicted the field as being very popular, with dozens of light aircraft visible parked on the southeast part of the field.



The 1982 AOPA Airport Directory (courtesy of Ed Drury)

indicated that both runways had unfortunately been shortened to 2,200' in length.

The operator was listed as Strongsville Airport Corp.



The condition of both runways at Strongsville was described

in the 1985 Flight Guide (courtesy of Chris Kennedy) as "Ruf" [sic].



According to an EPA report, Strongsville Airpark was closed in 1987.



Ground was broken in 1994 for the Westwood Farms subdivision on the site of the airport.



USGS topo map 1996.



Strongsville Airport was no longer depicted at all (even as an abandoned airfield) on the 1998 World Aeronautical Chart.



By the time of the 10/20/00 USGS aerial photo,

the airport site had been completely obliterated with a new housing development,

with not a trace remaining of the former runways.



A circa 2001-2005 aerial photo showed the airport site had been completely obliterated with a new housing development,

with not a trace remaining of the former runways.



Bob Martel reported in 2003 that "At least one hangar is still standing & being used as a garage by a house on Prospect -

not part of the subdivision created on the former airport."



A circa 2006 aerial view looking north at a circa 1952-62 hangar which remains on the east side of the property,

apparently the last remnant of Strongsville Airpark.



Ironically, even though Strongsville Airpark has been closed for 13 years, it is still depicted on the 2010-2011 Cleveland Regional Transit Authority map (courtesy of Jimmy McGuire).

Cleveland: It might be time to update the map?



An 11/23/12 photo by Nick Newcomb looking northwest at the circa 1952-62 hangar which remains on the east side of the property,

apparently the last remnant of Strongsville Airpark.



The site of Strongsville Airpark is located northwest of the intersection of Prospect Road & Westwood Drive.



Thanks to Jonathan Westerling for pointing out this airfield.



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