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WHEELING AIRPORT?

Posted by ZaneMan on August 31, 2006

I chuckle when I see signs in downtown Wheeling pointing the way to the Wheeling Airport. I’ve never been there and no one else I know has either. But it is there, and President Bush’s plane landed there when he visited Wheeling recently. According to AirNav.com it has a respectable 5000 ft long runway. Of course, Pittsburgh’s longest is 11,500 ft, but if Air Force One can land here that’s long enough! The airport code is HLG – I don’t know why its not WLG.

The Wheeling Airport serves only corporate and other private aircraft, but is worth a visit because it has changed little since its 1946 founding. It has a compact museum of aviation items relating to the airport, including the chairs John and Jackie Kennedy used when he came here campaigning for president in 1960.

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