New Jersey has a long history of leadership in aviation. Until 1939 Newark Airport was the busiest commercial airport in the United States. Bader Field in Atlantic City was where the word “airport” was born. In the 1950’s and early 1960’s New Jersey had more than 100 public use airports. But times have changed. While EWR remains a major commercial facility, Bader has long been closed. Our 100+ airports have dwindled to barely 40. Now we are on the cusp of losing another: Flying W Airport in Camden County. Flying W, a multi-purpose facility locally famous for its airplane-shaped swimming pool, is on the path to being turned into a large residential housing development.
Frank Steinberg was recently quoted in an article about the impending loss of Flying W as a part of New Jersey’s dwindling airport infrastructure: