Photo Essay

Katama Airfield

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Not to long ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time on the island of Marthas Vineyard photographing my friends and the crew of Classic Aviators at Katama Airfield.

These photos are a depiction of a typical day at Katama.

In case you don't know, Katama is a VFR grass air strip on Martha's Vineyard.

It is one of the oldest of grass air fields in this country.

It is located on South Beach, near Edgartown. The uniqueness about Katama Airfield is that it is a Conservation Sanctuary and can never be developed.

Considering that it encompasses about 120 plus or minus valuable seashore acreage makes it all the more special. Pilots can actually fly in to Katama and taxi right up to the beach, unload their chairs and spend the day!

The airfield itself is something from another era, with its wood barn and metal hangar housing the vintage Waco biplanes of Classic Aviators.

You can take a tour of the Island in a Waco piloted by the crew, and this can be done with or without acrobatics, depending on your sense of adventure.

I have to say that if one has not experienced the adventure of air in your face, open cockpit flying, it is an experience you will never forget.

Katama Airfield is known in the pilot fraternity, but you don't have to be a pilot to enjoy the aura of such a special place. If you are in MV for a visit I suggest you stop by, have lunch, see a rare bird or flower that inhabits this natural beauty and pretend you are in a time of long ago.

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