OLF Newport, located 10 miles SW of Grosse Ile, had a hard surfaced hexagon that measured 1700 ft. across............ Most of the cadets solo flights were made from here.
.............During the training days, the station had a total of 16 OLFs -- the largest being the octagon at Newport, Mich. At Newport, the Navy built a fire station, barracks for crash crews, and refueling facilities. After the end of primary training, CAG 97 utilized Newport for FCLPs.
Following the war, Grosse Ile reverted to a reserve base. OLF Newport, taken over by the Army in the 1950s, became a Nike anti-aircraft missile base.....................
Information furnished by:
A reproduced copy of UNITED STATES ARMY &
NAVY DIRECTORY OF AIRFIELDS
(CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES) dated 9 November 1944.
A copy of a September 1946 list of airfields in the US that I obtained from the FAA number of years ago.
The only two OLF's listed in the USAAF/USN publication is:
NEWPORT, MI: Monroe Airport, 3.5 miles SSE of Newport and 5 miles NE of Monroe at 41-57-30N, 83-18-30 W. The airport was privately owned by operated by the USN. The airport had two clay sod strips: NE/SW 2600 x 500 ft and NW/SE 2900 x 500 ft. Today, Custer Airport (TTF) is located 2 miles NW of Monroe. I don't think it is the same airport since Monroe Airport was NE of Monroe and Custer is NW of Monroe.
NEWPORT, MI: Newport Airport located 3 miles
W of Newport at 42-00N 83-22. I think this airport is gone.
The following information was
extracted from Appendix B "Locations of former
The Detroit Defense area included
a total of 16 NIKE Batteries which ringed
Although documentation concerning
specific construction activities relating
Hercules between 1959 and 1963.
NlKE Missile Battery D-57/58.
The Newport NIKE Battery D-57/58
appears in documentation under several
The NIKE Battery is also referred
to in some government documents as the
NIKE Missile Base D-57/58 is
located south of the city of Detroit in a
The base was first utilized as
an emergency landing strip and training site
The Newport NIKE Missile Battery
(D-57 and 58), as documented consists of 36
Furnished by Tom Bateman
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