Flying High at Cape Cod Airfield

By Marina Davalos | Photos Courtesy of Cape Cod Airfield

Cape Cod Airport, which opened July 4, 1929, functioned for almost 80 years until its closing in 2003, when owner Hilma Danforth sold the field to the Town of Barnstable. Thanks to the efforts of Sandwich resident Chris Siderwicz Sr., a pilot who took over operations in 2004, the field looks much the same as it did when Amelia Earhart reportedly touched down here in 1933. Siderwicz, who has since changed the name to Cape Cod Airfield, said taking over management of the airfield was an act of passion. “I taught my son to fly here,” says Siderwicz. The 88-acre Marstons Mills airfield, which is actually no longer an airport, has three grass runways, functions as a public-use facility and houses private planes. “People visiting the Cape can land their planes here,” says Chris Siderwicz Jr., who took over operations from his father in 2012 and flies banners over the beaches in the summer. Cape Cod Airfield, which builds their own engines and repairs and maintains planes, also offers flight instruction, bi-plane and glider rides and skydiving. Starting this summer, Chris Jr. will be offering tours over Provincetown. Visit the airfield’s website for more information.

Cape Cod Airfield, 1000 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, 508-428-8732

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