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Teterboro Airport has been in continuous use since 1916 and was once the busiest airport in the country. In 1925, the Fokker Company opened an American subsidiary, the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation, and Teterboro-built Fokker trimotors dominated the industry for a decade. In the 1920s and 1930s, record-setting flights became a national obsession, and many of the flights originated or terminated at Teterboro Airport. In 1939, the Goodyear blimp Mayflower made daily sightseeing flights over the New York City world's fair. In 1952, television personality Arthur Godfrey buzzed the control tower while taking off in his DC-3. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey purchased the airport in 1949 and made major investments in airport infrastructure. Today the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the airport.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 127 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 13mm | 318g
  • Charleston, SC, United States
  • English
  • 0738572179
  • 9780738572178

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Title: Teterboro book takes flight
Author: John A. Gavin
Publisher: Herald News
Date: 3/4/2010
Henry M. Holden, an aviation historian and freelance writer, has written a book about Teterboro Airport. With 128 pages and 220 black-and-white photos, "Images of Aviation -- Teterboro Airport" is in the Arcadia Publishing series of paperbacks that chronicle the history of various communities.
Writer and historian Henry M. Holden says the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum in Teterboro supplied all the information he needed for his book, which features 220 photos. Published two weeks ago, the book's first signing was Saturday at the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum in Teterboro. Future events include a book signing at Barnes & Noble, Route 17 south, Paramus, on March 27 at 1 p.m.
Holden, who lives in Randolph, has written 36 books, including another Arcadia collection about Newark Airport. He is working on a book about Morristown Airport.
Did the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum reach out to you to write the book?
No, I reached out to them. I've been a member of the museum for the last 28 years. A friend of mine on Long Island wrote a book on La Guardia Airport and that prompted to me write a book about Newark [Airport]. While I was researching the Newark book, I found some interesting facts about Teterboro, so I decided to write about Teterboro.
Where did you find the information?
All the information I needed came right from this museum. Most of the records and photographs came right from here. This is the repository for all of New Jersey's aviation history. And I'll say 95 percent of the history is right here in the form of photographs, audiotapes and 16- and 32-millimeter films.
What are some of the differences and similarities of the two airports?
Newark and Teterboro are on the same flood plain. They both are on Meadowlands, and they flood up every time it rains. What Newark did, they built their runway 6 feet higher than the flood plain. Teterboro did not do that. Newark developed into an international airport. And it was only after World War II that Teterboro began to blossom into a freight depot for the country. Now today, it's a major airport for business aviation. The contrast between the two is significant when you consider that they both started at the same time -- relatively, in the early 1920s -- and they took two very divergent paths to their current existence.
I was impressed with the chronological order of events. How difficult was it to put that together?
It took a while because the records, for the most part, were in several vertical files. There was no rhyme or reason to why they were placed where they were. I'd find something from 1926 right behind something from 1992. So it was a matter of laying it out in decade form first, then narrowing it down within each decade in chronological order.
What tidbits of information do you think will surprise the average reader?
Teterboro is significant because there were hundreds of aviation records set here, and many of the those people were prominent. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Frank Hawks, Floyd Bennett, Admiral [Richard E.] Byrd all flew out of here."
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