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Groton-New London Airport 12 April 1991 IATA: GON – ICAO: KGON – FAA LID: GON Summary Airport type Public Owner Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) Location Groton, Connecticut Elevation AMSL 9 ft / 3 m Coordinates 41°19′48″N 072°02′42″W / 41.33°N 72.045°W / 41.33; -72.045 Website Runways Direction Length Surface ft m 5/23 5,000 1,524 Asphalt 15/33 4,000 1,219 Asphalt Statistics (2006) Aircraft operations 52,394 Based aircraft 69 Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1] Groton-New London Airport Location of Groton-New London Airport, Connecticut Groton-New London Airport (IATA: GON, ICAO: KGON, FAA LID: GON) is a state-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) southeast of the central business district of Groton, a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States.[1] It serves the southeastern Connecticut region, including the shoreline localities of Groton, New London, and Mystic. Over the years, and usually no more than one at a time, various domestic airlines served the airport, including Pan Am Clipper Connection, NewAir and Pilgrim Airlines. Scheduled commercial passenger service was limited to small turboprop aircraft such as de Havilland Dash 8 and Beechcraft 1900. Eventually the airport became no longer a profitable destination, and US Airways Express, the last major carrier to serve the airport, terminated its GON-PHL service in 2004. Two charter airlines, however, do continue to shuttle passengers to and from the airport. The airport has also been used by several presidents speaking at the commencement of the nearby US Coast Guard Academy. The most recent visit was by President Bush on May 23, 2007. Contents 1 Facilities and aircraft 2 Charter airlines 3 History 4 See also 5 References 6 External links Facilities and aircraft Groton-New London Airport covers an area of 489 acres (198 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 measuring 5,000 x 150 ft (1,524 x 46 m) and 15/33 measuring 4,000 x 100 ft (1,219 x 30 m).[1] For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2006, the airport had 52,394 aircraft operations, an average of 143 per day: 87% general aviation, 8% military, 5% air taxi and <1% scheduled commercial. There are 69 aircraft based at this airport: 33% single engine, 25% multi-engine, 14% jet aircraft, 26% helicopters and 1% military.[1] Charter airlines Columbia Air Service Lanmar Aviation History Groton-New London Airport was established as the first State of Connecticut airport in 1929. Originally called Trumbull Airport after Governor Jonathan Trumbull, the airport was taken over by the United States Army Air Corps in August 1941 as a First Air Force group training base, although the runways were still grass. In 1942, the Army constructed a base and hard-surfaced runways and designated the airport as Groton Army Airfield. Through all of 1943, a total of 10 squadrons of P-47 Thunderbolt fighter groups trained at the field, with the last unit departing for overseas combat in January 1944. In January 1944, the USAAF turned the airfield to the United States Navy. The commissioning of Groton as a Naval Airfield occurred on February 1, 1944, as an auxiliary of Quonset Point. Initially, Groton hosted various individual squadrons. Later, entire CAGs of three or four squadrons formed up at the base. The CAGs attached here during the war included CAG 83, 10, 92, 152, and 4, with their F6Fs, F4Us, SB2Cs, and TBMs. CASU 28, on board in support of the CAGs, operated one OS2U Kingfisher, one J4F Widgeon, 12 SNJs, and one NH Howard. The station had one airplane assigned, a GH Howard. In March 1944, station personnel consisted of 87 officers and 678 enlisted men with barracks for 114 officers and 1,091 men. The peak number of aircraft reached 114 in March 1945. Groton had three concrete runways: two of 4,000 feet and one of 5,000 ft. In July 1946, the Navy returned the airport to the State of Connecticut. In 1980, the name of the airport changed to Groton-New London Airport. Today, the airport is one of two state-owned airports with commercial air carrier service. The funds necessary to operate Groton-New London Airport come from the Connecticut State Transportation Fund. Likewise, revenue derived from the airport is returned to the Transportation Fund. The airport is integrated into the statewide transportation plan, as well as the National Airport System Plan. There were 80,319 aircraft operations during 1999 at Groton-New London Airport which included military, general aviation and commercial flights. The airport has recently undergone $2,000,000 in renovations. The passenger terminal has been updated with new counter and seating areas and improved lighting. See also United States Air Force portal Military of the United States portal World War II portal Connecticut World War II Army Airfields References  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GON (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-07-05 External links Groton-New London Airport (official site) FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective 02 June 2011 Resources for this airport: AirNav airport information for KGON ASN accident history for GON FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart for KGON FAA current GON delay information v · d · e USAAF First Air Force in World War II Airfields  · First Air Force Replacement Training Stations  · First Air Force Tactical Airfields Units Commands I Bomber Command (1941-42)  · I Bomber Command (1943-1946)  · I Fighter Command  · I Ground Air Support Command  · I Troop Carrier Command Wings 25th Antisubmarine · 50th Troop Carrier · 52d Troop Carrier · 53d Troop Carrier · 60th Troop Carrier · 61st Troop Carrier · Boston Fighter · New York Fighter · Norfolk Fighter · Philadelphia Fighter Groups Bombardment 2d Bombardment · 13th Bombardment · 22d Bombardment · 34th Bombardment · 43d Bombardment · 45th Bombardment · 301st Bombardment · 302d Bombardment · 400th Bombardment · 402d Bombardment · 455th Bombardment · 459th Bombardment · 460th Bombardment · 471st Bombardment Combat Cargo 1st Combat Cargo · 2d Combat Cargo · 4th Combat Cargo Fighter 8th Fighter · 31st Fighter · 33d Fighter · 52d Fighter · 56th Fighter · 57th Fighter · 58th Fighter · 59th Fighter · 79th Fighter · 80th Fighter · 83d Fighter · 87th Fighter · 324th Fighter · 325th Fighter · 326th Fighter · 327th Fighter · 332d Fighter · 348th Fighter · 352d Fighter · 353d Fighter · 355th Fighter · 356th Fighter · 358th Fighter · 359th Fighter · 361st Fighter · 362d Fighter · 365th Fighter · 366th Fighter · 368th Fighter · 370th Fighter · 371st Fighter · 373d Fighter · 402d Fighter · 413th Fighter · 476th Fighter Reconnaissance 26th Reconnaissance · 73d Reconnaissance Troop Carrier 10th Troop Carrier · 60th Troop Carrier · 61st Troop Carrier · 62d Troop Carrier · 63d Troop Carrier · 89th Troop Carrier · 313th Troop Carrier · 314th Troop Carrier · 315th Troop Carrier · 316th Troop Carrier · 317th Troop Carrier · 349th Troop Carrier · 375th Troop Carrier · 403d Troop Carrier · 433d Troop Carrier · 434th Troop Carrier · 435th Troop Carrier · 436th Troop Carrier · 437th Troop Carrier · 438th Troop Carrier · 439th Troop Carrier · 440th Troop Carrier · 441st Troop Carrier · 442d Troop Carrier Other 1st Search Attack · 477th Composite United States Army Air Forces First · Second · Third · Fourth · Fifth · Sixth · Seventh · Eighth · Ninth · Tenth · Eleventh · Twelfth · Thirteenth · Fourteenth · Fifteenth · Twentieth