Newport Airport – April 7, 1979

Newport Airport – April 7, 1979 

     At about 4:00 p.m. on April 7, 1979, a Cessna 172 with three occupants attempted to take off from Newport State Airport in Middletown, Rhode Island, while strong winds were gusting up to 45 mph.  Just as the airplane became airborne, a wind gust flipped it over and it crashed in a marshy area about 700 feet from the end of the runway.  There were no reported injuries.  The plane had arrived earlier in the day from Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.  


     Providence Sunday Journal, “3 Escape Injury When Plane Flips In Heavy Winds”.  April 8, 1979, page B-13  

Middletown, R.I. – May 26, 1943

Middletown, Rhode Island – May 26, 1943


     On the morning of May 26, 1943, an Ensign left Quonset Point Naval Air Station in an NE-1 trainer aircraft, (Bu. 26207), for a familiarization flight.  After about 45 minutes in the air the pilot noticed a decrease in engine RPMs which he though might be related to trouble with the plane’s magnetos.  He landed in an open hay field in Middletown, where he checked his engine and found everything in good order.  He then made preparations for takeoff.  The field had a slight downgrade to it, and the pilot taxied to the bottom of the grade.  He then proceeded to attempt an up-grade take off into the wind. Unfortunately the long hay slowed the speed of the aircraft, and the plane didn’t leave the ground until it was almost at a tree line bordering the field. The pilot, believing he wasn’t going to clear the trees, attempted a climbing left turn and stalled the aircraft at an altitude of about 30 feet.  The plane then crashed into an adjoining graveyard.  The plane was a total wreck, but the pilot wasn’t injured.  

     Source: U.S. Navy Accident Report #43-7026, dated May 26, 1943 




Middletown, R.I. – August 3, 1937

Middletown, Rhode Island – August 3, 1937


1930s map showing the former location of the airport in Middletown, R.I.

1930s map showing the former location of the airport in Middletown, R.I.

     On the morning of August 3, 1937, Everett Johnson Peck Jr., of New York, flew his private airplane from Bridgehamption, Long Island, to Newport Airport, in Middletown, Rhode Island.

     The airport currently known as Newport State Airport was opened n 1967, and is not the same Newport Airport that Mr. Peck flew to.  That airport was located on the shore of Narragansett Bay in the town of Middletown, and no longer exists. (See map – click on image to enlarge.)   

     Mr. Peck arrived at the airport safely.  At about noon time, he decided to take off again to view the start of the America’s Cup Race, however he crashed on takeoff and was taken to Newport Hospital with serious injuries.    

     The type of plane was not stated.

     Source: New York Times, “E. J. Peck Jr. Injured”, August 5, 1937

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