Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD)
Time Zone: Eastern
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Windham Airport (KIJD)
WINDHAM WILLIMANTIC CT
Time Zone: Eastern
Lat: N 4144.6 Long: W 07210.8
Elev: 246 Var: +15 Longest Runway: 4271
Clr Del: 128.6 AWOS: 133.67 CTAF: 122.97
Windham Airport (KIJD) is a publicly owned, 280-acre general aviation airport located in Connecticut’s Northeast Corner that serves small and medium size aircraft. The airport is a short drive from two of Connecticut’s major universities – UConn’s Storrs Campus and Eastern Connecticut State University’s (ECSU) campus in Willimantic. The airport is also located in the ideal location to serve flight students in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The airport consists of two asphalt runways – one 4,200 feet long and one 2,700 feet long. The airport also includes complimentary facilities includes aircraft parking aprons; T-hangars and larger aircraft hangar storage; aircraft maintenance and repair; propeller overhaul, repair and sales; weather station; and self-service aircraft fueling facilities accommodating single and multi-engine aircraft with a focus on corporate business and recreational flight operations.
Windham Airport History
In 1923, the Town of Windham purchased 250 acres of land known as “Kirby Flats” (the airports initial name) that would become the airport’s home. It wasn’t until 1938 that through a Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) program, that the airports first paved runway was built just prior to National Air Mail week. The airport was then utilized to transport mail for distribution to the 28 towns in Northeastern Connecticut. This was the first time this was accomplished by air.
After World War I, a mandate was set forward to expand and upgrade the airport in the early 1940’s. This allowed the airport to handle bigger planes during emergency. The most famous emergency landing happened in 1946, when a transatlantic airliner bound for England via Newfoundland, carrying ten crew and 42 passengers including two well-known actors, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, made an emergency landing at the airport without incident.
In 1975, the State of Connecticut purchased Windham Airport. In 2013, the FAA approved the transfer of six State airports, including Windham Airport, to the control of the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA).
The airport remains in operation today, known as Windham Airport (KIJD).