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Site of DuPont Airfield

 
 
Site of DuPont Airfield Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stephen J Duncan, June 25, 2011
1. Site of DuPont Airfield Marker
Inscription.  In 1924, a private airfield was established here by Henry B. duPont. Charles Lindbergh landed here in October 1927. With Richard duPont’s purchase of controlling interest in All-American Aviation, and Henry duPont’s establishment of Atlantic Aviation in 1938, the airfield was expanded, becoming one of the most modern privately owned public-use facilities in the country. Though civil flights were restricted during World War II, the DuPont Airfield continued to prosper as a flight training site for the Navy and as a base for the Civil Air Patrol. It was an important site for development and testing of military experimental projects. Space limitations led to the transfer of most operations following the war. The final flight from DuPont Airfield was in 1958. The site was used by the DuPont Company for construction of the Barley Mill research and development center.
 
Erected 2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-127.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1927.
 
Location. 39° 45.906′ N, 75° 35.914′ W. Marker is near Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Centre Road (Delaware Route
A view of the marker, facing south image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stephen J Duncan, June 25, 2011
2. A view of the marker, facing south
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141) half a mile north of Lancaster Pike (Delaware Route 48), on the right when traveling north. The marker is located at the entrance to Barley Mill Plaza on Centre Rd. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Centre Rd, Wilmington DE 19807, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Brandywine (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alexis I. duPont Middle School (approx. ¾ mile away); Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Mount Olive Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wilmington (approx. 1.1 miles away); Henry Clay Village (approx. 1.1 miles away); Samuel Francis Du Pont (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rockford Tower (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
More about this marker. Barley Mill Plaza office complex currently sits on the site of the former airfield
 
Also see . . .  Little Known and Abandoned Airfields - Delaware. (Submitted on November 22, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
A view of the marker, facing north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stephen J Duncan, June 25, 2011
3. A view of the marker, facing north
Barley Mill Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stephen J Duncan, June 25, 2011
4. Barley Mill Plaza
The office complex the marker sits in front of
DuPont Airfield, 1954 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Abandoned Airfields..., 1954
5. DuPont Airfield, 1954
DuPont Airfield site, 2016 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Abandoned Airfields..., 2016
6. DuPont Airfield site, 2016
"Spirit of St. Louis" at DuPont Airfield, 1927 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Abandoned Airfields..., 1927
7. "Spirit of St. Louis" at DuPont Airfield, 1927
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2011, by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. This page has been viewed 863 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on January 7, 2019, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2011, by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware.   5, 6, 7. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2022