York Airport building along Haines Road
York Airport operated in the fields west of Haines Road from 1930 to 1937 and included the pictured administration building. In 1953 the home at 560 Haines Road, shown in the lower half, was constructed around the core of that airport building. The principal additions: garage added to the south side, bedrooms added to the north side and east front, number of windows drastically reduced with a change of style, and a new roof covering everything.
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I had long heard about the 560 Haines Road home’s connection to the first York County commercial airport; which opened on October 25, 1930. Pittsburgh Airways was the airport operator; providing air service to New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Until recently a huge bush had always obscured getting a good comparison photo of the present home versus the photo of the airport administration building, which appears in a 1951 York Chamber of Commerce Publication.
According to John F.M. Wolfe’s book “Profile of Aviation, York County, Pa. 1925-1998,” the administration building, “housed the operations office of the York Airport and Pittsburgh Airways. It also contained a ticket office, passenger waiting room and a restaurant operated by Monroe King.”
Last week I discovered that house was for sale, however I could not go through it because it was already under contract, and as of this week it has been sold. It would have been neat to see all the evident remnants of the airport structure.
In 1930, the cost to fly from the York Airport along Haines Road to New York City was $14.40 and included no extra charge for the first 30 pounds of baggage. The overall travel time was 1-hour, 45-minute; which included a short stopover in Philadelphia. In 1930 the flights into New York City landed in Newark, NJ.
After the airport closed at the Haines Road location in 1937, the metal hanger was dismantled and reconstructed at Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven, Pa. For several years after the airport closed the administration building became the center for a State Police drivers license exam site. The exam involved driving the usually well rutted dirt access road to the former airfield, past the administration building and out onto Haines Road.
John F.M. Wolfe wrote in his book: “Following the policeman’s complaints, Paul Schiding and a group of boys who had spent their leisure time at the airport doing odd jobs for free airplane rides, were given the privilege of hauling wheelbarrows of dirt on hot summer days to smooth out the roadway.”
The York County History Center’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum contains a neat model of the Haines Road airport. Paul Schiding and his cousin, Allen Bond, spent five years building the scale model right down to correctly scaled beams and wooden panels in the buildings and hangers. That model was unveiled at the museum in 2006.
Links to related posts:
- Earliest York Airfield in 1914 along Dover Trolley Line
- Location of Hilton Airfield along Dover Trolley Line
- Motter’s 1914 photos of Wright Flyer at Hilton Field
- Santa flight that started a York tradition
- Curtiss Aeroplanes entertain York crowd during 1912
- 1912 Aviation Meet at York Fairgrounds featured Curtiss Aeroplane racing a York-Built Car