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What is the runway that is grown over at ILM? Was it part of Bluethenthal Field?

Jim Ware


Wilmington International Airport Entrance.Photo by Brandi Lamonds

According to Jon Rosborough, director of Wilmington International Airport, the Army Air Corps moved into Bluethenthal Field on Dec. 8, 1941, and remained for the duration of the war. The airfield was judged inadequate for the operation of military aircraft, so the government expanded the airfield to include the construction of three 7,000 feet runways.

After the war the federal government deeded Bluethenthal Field to New Hanover County at no cost.

In 1950, a large “modern” two-story building was constructed where the current U.S. Customs building is now located, partly over one of these three runways. This runway was decommissioned and ended where the new VA Hospital is being erected on the airport campus.


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