In the 1920s, Brunswick Municipal Airport became Maine’s first airfield. By the 1960s, the airport was greatly expanded and became Brunswick Naval Air Station (NHX). On April 2 this year, events officially came full circle when the former base, being closed by the Navy, again became a civilian-owned facility and reopened as Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM).
Naval Air Station Brunswick
A ceremony was held last month at the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Maine to celebrate the “approval of the public benefit conveyance of the property to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.” This event marks the official transfer of the former military base and its 990 acres of runways, hangars, ramps and other facilities to civilian use.
Maine officials and business aviation groups are looking to redevelop Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) for civilian use, following the departure of the U.S. Navy in 2011. The base covers 3,300 acres, has two 8,000-foot runways, an FAA-approved ILS and 500,000 sq ft of hangar space, according to John Richardson, a former state representative and speaker of the house.