Atlantic City '06

Atlantic City '06

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Bader Field was a small airport located a short walk from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. This historic airfield had operated since 1910, and is believed to be where the term "airport" was originated. Sadly, in 2006, the city decided to close the airport and sell the land to developers.

Having flown past Bader a few times without ever stopping there, we decided to make a trip there a few weeks before it was to be officially closed, to pay homage.

Headin' Out

We left from Gaithersburg's Montgomery County Airpark, crossed the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, then across MD's Eastern Shore to Delaware's Cape Henlopen, then across the Delaware Bay and up the Jersey Shore.
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Traffic...
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Bay Bridge
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Cape May, NJ (I think)
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Wildwood, NJ

Approach into Bader

Bader is (was) just in-land from the row of casinos along the Boardwalk. The approach into Bader from the shoreline naturally crosses over the casinos.
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Bader

Right next to Bader is the home field of the Atlantic City Surf, a minor league baseball team. We were warned that if you park your plane too close to the stadium, the plane can get beaned by a well-hit home-run ball.
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Ballpark
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The "terminal"
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confidence-inspiring

Atlantic City

We found a nice place to have lunch, walked around a bit, and visited the beach, which has an intangible aura of skeeviness about it. We also happened to be there on the day of the Atlantic City Greek Festival (apparently all 15 members of AC's Greek community were there) and had some nice cookies and stuff.

As risk-averse aviators, we sacrificed $1 to the slot machine Gods, and then decided to save what remained of our luck for the flight home, given a forecast of thunderstorms.
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Greek Festival

Headin' Home

All good things must come to an end, and it was soon time to say farewell to Atlantic City, and to Bader Field.
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Haven't mowed the runway in a while
The winds favored a departure to the East, which took us directly over the casinos and back to the shore-line. Well, not directly over the casinos, necessarily. With Bally's looming large in the windshield, there are long odds on outclimbing it, the better bet is to turn a bit to the right and pass between Bally's and the Tropicana, to avoid hitting the blackjack tables one last time.

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Margate, NJ, home of Lucy the Elephant
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Cape May
We managed to circumvent some severe thunderstorms prowling over Delaware, and landed back in Gaithersburg just after sunset.
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Harry Mantakos / harry@meretrix.com