Many historians consider College Park to be the “cradle of aviation” because of its role in many early aerial achievements like the first mile-high flight (1912), first flight of the U.S. Postal Airmail Service (1918), and first controlled helicopter flight (1924).
On these grounds in 1909 the Wright Brothers were commissioned by the United States government to train the world’s first military aviators,making College Park Airport one of the most significant airfields in aviation history.
This early morning panorama consists of 6 photos stitched together, shot from the College Park Metro station parking garage.
Parked aircraft at college park airport (left). Located just 7 miles north of DC on the B&O railroad, College Park Airport is home to less than 100 light aircraft and stands as the world’s oldest airport still in operation today. The main runway can be seen running parallel to the tree line.