Beacon Field Airport®


Elevation 249 feet, Fairfax County, Virginia          GPS 38 46'20.40"N :  77 4'54.07"W

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Current Events !!
Beacon Starbucks under renovation  !!  (until 4/27/2014)
Proud Sponsor of Alexandria Potomac Little League Spring 2014 OPENING DAY 5 April!! story below
10th in the Series Beacon Salute Mr. Waldron E. Leonard !! (12/27/2013)   click here
US ROUTE 1 Wall of Aviation installed (8/2/2013) story below 

Latest Update:   04/14/2014,  03:01 PM est            
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Then and Now Historic US Route 1 Series
Beacon Field Photo of the Week !
Sunday April 13, 2014

Circa 1960’s -- Thieves Market (formerly Bargain City) on the old Hybla Valley Airport site, now nearest to the Staples with modern address 7700 Richmond Highway, Mount Vernon Centre.  google mapping

This antique mall was considered one of the first its kind in the metro area.   A map was provided to assist customers in finding the bargains in this very large warehouse showcasing many dealers.   Thieves Market moved to Old Dominion Drive in McLean and is STILL in business after all these years !!



Beacon Field Airport®  -- Quick Facts

Beacon Field Airport® was located on Historic US Route 1 in the southeast section of Fairfax County, Virginia, 3.6 miles north of Mount Vernon.  Most know the area as Beacon Hill, one of the highest elevations in all of Fairfax County.  The airfield operated from the 1920's and Beacon Field Airport received a license in 1932.  Recreational flying, US Mail, military training, post World War II and Korean War GI Bill pilot training, Fixed Based Operator (FBO) and commercial aviation activities, and the motel City View Mansion and Cottages  hospitality business,  were conducted at Beacon Field until the airport closed in 1959.  Beacon Field is now the site of modern day Lenclair Park, Target (old Memco), Beacon retail shops (Giant, Lowes, et al), Beacon Hill Apartments, and City View III (fondly known as Muddy Manor). 

On August 19, 2009,  the Beacon Field Airport Fairfax County Historic Marker was dedicated in commemoration of aviation pioneer Orville Wright's birthday also known as NATIONAL AVIATION DAY.    This holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Proclamation.     
The Fairfax County Historic Marker is the highest recognition awarded by the Fairfax County History Commission (visit HMDB website for more markers/info).      Previously in July 2007,  Beacon Field Airport at City View site was approved and added to the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites  ! !  As a result the service road on the land tract was renamed  Beacon Field Airport Highway in October 2007.   This nomination was prepared and presented to the Fairfax County History Commission by W.F.P. Reid Sr.'s oldest grandson, Harry P. Lehman.

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Mission Statement

This website strives to educate and offer a venue for the capture and preservation of the history of Beacon Field before it was lost forever as one of the nation's earliest private airports which embodied the genius of America.   
Friends of Beacon Field Airport conduct activities pro bono.  We are not affiliated with any civic associations, political parties, or special interest groups.  We collect, share, and connect information to facilitate a better appreciation for the influence of Beacon Field. 

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Beacon Field News and Events

April 2014


APLL Spring 2014
April 5, 2014 -- Opening Day Spring 2014 --   
Friends of Beacon Field Airport are proud to be Spring 2014 sponsors of the 170 player strong Alexandria Potomac Little League and to have participated in the opening day ceremonies led by APLL President Michele Burgess.   From the minors to the majors division teams, fresh new jerseys stood out on the very green ball field on a very windy day.   Following the running of the bases, as one of the team sponsors, Harry Lehman lined up on the mound to throw the first pitches.  

Youth baseball has been popular in the Beacon area for over 50 years.   The earliest games were held on the old Beacon Field Airport (see aerial below) until Bucknell fields were developed.  Recently, an Eagle Scout undertook a badge achievement project and designed and built the two very well constructed dugout buildings.   

Vice President APLL Shawn Bennett, right and Team Sponsor Harry Lehman
Local politicians and Little League alumni Supervisor Jeff McKay and Delegate Scott Surrovell also participated and reinforced the merit of LL baseball.

Another local Little League alumni, Shawn Bennett, is now the Vice President on the APLL Board of Directors.  

A season opener home run!   See later !!!

1950 USGS Aerial Photo -- Courtesy FCPA, Remastered by Beacon Friends
December 2013

GREAT Read NOT Just for Pilots !!

December 15, 2013, Historic Beacon Field -  The Aviators:  Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight.

This is a great book! Riveting stories of the trials of early aviation through heroic tales of 3 important US aviators Rickenbacker, Doolittle and Lindbergh. The author presents successes and failures and many previously unknown details of the lives of these pioneers. From nearly being trampled by adoring fans to the shark invested waters of the Pacific, the easy writing style of the author makes for comparative personification of these aviators in memorable content. We learned a lot and think others will too!

October 2013

The RARE Grand Old Bird Gets New TAIL FEATHERS  !!

NEAM October 9 , 2013 -- Burnelli CBY-3 (N17N) Restoration in progress

New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT  -- October 9, 2013

In November 2012, we reported that the Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster (N17N) had achieved eternal life at the New England Air Museum (NEAM) with restoration plans underway.    In less than a year, much progress has been made on the famous one of a kind bird that once was rebuilt (in 1959) on Beacon Field by Mr. Paul Zimmer and Mr. Junie Marshall.   

Harry Newman, CBY-3 Project Manager at the New England Air Museum of Windsor Locks, CT,  gave us an update this week along with these great photos.    He reports that the plane has been moved from the outside display area over to the restoration facilities with plans to remove the wings soon to be restored over the winter months.      The 35 foot long horizontal stabilizer in the photo above needed extensive repair and has been restored and recently primed.  Mr. Newman pointed out that this stabilizer is as long as most small aircraft wingspans.

Also, the twin tail booms are in restoration and NEAM plans to reassemble the entire section this winter.   This is amazing !      

Visit their museum online  or in person at the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Restoration underway at the NEAM {photos courtesy of NEAM}
October 2013, Restoration Underway at the NEAM {photos courtesy NEAM}
August 2013

NEW BOOK! -- Friend and local resident William J. Roberts NEW Book!

Historic Beacon Field 13 August 2013  --   Friend and local resident William J. Roberts has written a great new softcover called "River to Rails: A Guidebook to Historical Markers in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia" .   

Mr. Roberts has compiled over 225 markers and signs in his generously illustrated masterpiece.    This book is long overdue and a welcome handbook for this weary editor weaving around the tight turns and crowded streets of old town in search of history!!  

A book signing was held at the Lyceum (corner of Prince and S. Washington) Wednesday,  August 14, from 4 to 8pm.   Click here to read more on his blog page. 

Historic Airports Immortalized in Stainless Steel !!

US Route 1 Wall of Aviation

August 2, 2013 -- Dedication of the US Route 1 Wall of Aviation. Plan a visit today! FREE on-street parking (Ladson Lane) adjacent to wall. (click for google mapping)
August 2, 2013 -- Dedication of the US Route 1 Wall of Aviation L->R: Harry P. Lehman, Robert Beach, Anna Marie Hicks {photo courtesy Marcus Wadsworth}

Historic Hybla Valley, 2 August 2013 --  Friends of Beacon Field Airport were thrilled to be part of the first ever US Route 1 Wall of Aviation which was unveiled today at the corner of Route 1 and Ladson Lane on COSTCO frontage.    Friends who had been involved in the design and content had not seen the finished panels and anxiously awaited the unveiling.

Michael Armstead of Whiting-Turner works rapidly in prep for the reveal

Road construction was not yet complete and last minute tidying up of the expansive corner by the Whiting-Turner construction team gave perfect forum for the dedication event attended by Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay,  Architect Brian Kendell of MulvannyG2, and Harry Lehman of Friends of Beacon Field.  

Supervisor McKay noted that this project was very important to the revitalization of the Route 1 Richmond Highway corridor and a focal point for pedestrians.

Harry P. Lehman speaks of site history before the panel unveiling
Harry Lehman spoke of Beacon Field and Hybla Valley Airports and noted that the location of the new Costco is on the site of metro Washington’s first drive-in, the  Mt. Vernon Automobile Open Air Theatre.   

The ceremony concluded with the suspenseful reveal as Brian Kendell orchestrated the unveil panel by panel with plenty of opportunity for photos !   The exquisite and sophisticated stainless steel panels are dramatically set in a wall shaped like a delta wing.   The panels feature notable local aviators, prominent airport features, and descriptive text.    This highly visible and unobstructed location is perfectly situated at the gateway to Route 1 aviation history .   
So the next time you are on the Highway of Cool, stop and take in a little aviation history !!     Costco opened August 8th

To read more about the individuals in the panels HJ Lehman click here,  to learn more about E.W. Robertson and Hybla Valley click here.
FoBFA have posted  the full US Route 1 Wall of Aviation text on the national marker database.  Click here to go direct to at!

Mr. Brian Kendell -- MulvannyG2 Architects
Supervisor McKay and daughter unveil the larger than life HJ Lehman
Copyright ©2014 Friends of Beacon Field Airport at City View and, no part of this website including sound or text content may be copied, reproduced or used for any other purpose without express written permission of the website owner.   Beacon Field Airport® is a registered trademark of the website owner.