Cape May Airport

Cape May Airport
Cape May Airport
Cape May County Airport
FAA runway diagram
Airport type Public
Owner Delaware River and Bay Authority
Serves Wildwood, New Jersey
Location Lower Township, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL 23 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 39°00′31″N 074°54′30″W / 39.00861°N 74.90833°W / 39.00861; -74.90833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 4,998 1,523 Asphalt
10/28 4,998 1,523 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 35,051
Based aircraft 80
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Cape May Airport (IATA: WWDICAO: KWWDFAA LID: WWD), also known as Cape May County Airport, is a public airport located in Lower Township, New Jersey, United States,[2] about four miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Wildwood, a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States.[1][3] This general aviation airport, located on Breakwater Road, serves Cape May County and is operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Hangar #1 contains the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, whose collection focuses on World War II



NAS Wildwood in the 1940s.
Hangar No. 1, on the National register of Historic Places.

The airport started in 1941 as NAS Rio Grande, named for its location near Rio Grande, New Jersey. Due to confusion with Rio Grande, Texas, the name was changed to NAS Wildwood in 1943. Following the end of World War II, Naval Air Station Wildwood was deemed excess to U.S. Navy requirements. It was subsequently deeded to the local government for transition to a civilian airport which is still in operation today as Cape May County Airport.


Cape May County Airport covers an area of 996 acres (403 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways designated 1/19 and 10/28, each measuring 4,998 x 150 ft. (1,523 x 46 m).[1]

In a 12-month period ending October 31, 2008, the airport had 35,050 aircraft operations, an average of 96 per day: 29% local general aviation, 71% transient general aviation, >1% military, and >1% ultralight. There are 157 aircraft based at this airport: 36% single engine aircraft, 13% multi-engine aircraft, .006% jet, and .006% ultralight. [1]

On-field services include self-serve 100LL gas and Fight Deck Diner. Locations off-field include Cape May National Golf Course (2 miles), Lobster House Restaurant (3 miles) and the Wetlands Institute (10 miles).

Accidents and incidents

On December 12, 1976, an Atlantic City Airlines DeHavilland Twin Otter operating as Allegheny Commuter Flight 977 crashed short of the runway.[4] Of the two crew members, one died and one sustained serious injuries. Of the passengers, 2 died and 6 sustained serious injuries. One seriously-injured passenger died one month after the accident, but was counted as a survivor by the National Transportation Safety Board report because it defined fatalities as individuals who died within 7 days of the accident.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for WWD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  2. ^ "Lower township, Cape May County, New Jersey." United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 10, 2009.
  3. ^ General information about Cape May Airport (WWD), Delaware River and Bay Authority. Accessed June 22, 2007. "This well-maintained, 1,000-acre general aviation airport located in Rio Grande, New Jersey, approximately 5 miles from Cape May, has two runways, six taxiways and three aircraft parking ramps."
  4. ^ "AAR77-12." National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on June 10, 2009. i (2 of 31).
  5. ^ "AAR77-12." National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on June 10, 2009. (7 of 31).

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