Brunswick Executive Airport – Brunswick ME


The Brunswick airport was originally built in 1935 by the Maine Emergency Relief Administration, a state division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration after a survey of airports in the state by Capt. Harry M. Jones with the intention of building a chain of airports in coastal towns, inland towns, and lake resorts. It built 1 NW – SE 1800 x 50 gravel runway and 1 E – W 1800×100 graded runway.

Naval Air Station Brunswick was developed and occupied in March 1943, and was first commissioned on April 15, 1943, to train and form-up Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm squadrons with Vought Corsairs, Grumman Avengers and Grumman Hellcats. The 1,487-acre (6 km²) station was built in part on land that was donated by the town of Brunswick. By the early 1940s the town was using most of this land to operate a small municipal airport, which would become the core of the air station. The station was deactivated in 1946 and it became a municipal airport again. Because of the Cold War, the base was re-occupied as a Naval Air station until May 31, 2011 [when] the base was officially decommissioned. Navy officials handed over the remaining property to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. Property is being redeveloped for civilian use as Brunswick Landing. This started with the opening of the Brunswick Executive Airport.

W.P.A. project info:

  • “Construct municipal airport”
    Official Project Number: 165‐1‐11‐14
    Total project cost: $660,905.00
    Sponsor: Town of Brunswick
  • “Construct municipal airport”
    Official Project Number: 165‐1‐11‐90
    Total project cost: $669,750.00
    Sponsor: War Department

Source notes

Reviewing the ERA in Maine by Hildreth Hewes

Nationwide Context, Inventory, and Heritage Assessment of Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps Resources on Department of Defense Installations, July 2009 (page C-86).

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on April 24, 2017.
Additional contributions by Evan Kalish.

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Location Info

15 Terminal Rd.
Brunswick, ME 04011

Coordinates: 43.897915, -69.933494

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