Old aerial of former Beltsville Airport - Beltsville MD
In 1941, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted improvement work on a grass airstrip at Beltsville MD. The Washington Post reported in April that “clearing, grubbing, grading, draining, construction of runways, seeding and installation of lighting facilities” had begun.
Two hangars were slated to be constructed, as well, but according to the Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields website hangars were still not present at the site in 1945.
In 1980, the airfield was decommissioned and bulldozed. The site is now occupied by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Building #580, part of the giant Henry Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Station.
The old airstrip is still visible from the air.
“Beltsville Airport work begins today,” Washington Post, April 8, 1941, p. 23.
Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on February 24, 2015.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.
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