New Jersey has lost half the airports it had at the end of World War II, with the number dwindling from about 100 to 45, according to aviation attorney William G. Mennen IV, a speaker at this year’s New Jersey Aviation Conference. The lessons learned from the closure of these airports could be instructive for those trying to prevent airport closures in other parts of the country.
Readington Township, New Jersey
The long and bitter battle over the fate of Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J., may finally be over. Readington Township officials had been proceeding for several years with steps to take the property away from the Solberg family, which has owned it for more than 60 years, under the right of eminent domain. Furious controversy has raged over that action.
Readington Township in New Jersey is pursuing a novel method of claiming a local, privately owned airport. If the town fathers should succeed, thousands of privately owned airports throughout the U.S., including much needed relievers, could be in jeopardy.