by David M. Higgins II, Publisher
Washington Executive Airport (FAA LID: W32), also known as Washington Executive Airpark or Hyde Field, is a public-use general aviation airport located 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of the central business district (CBD) of Clinton, MD.
Hyde Field is one of the “Maryland 3” airports located within the Washington, D.C. Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), so it is subject to the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) restrictions imposed by the FAA after the September 11 attacks. Hyde opened in 1934 as a training field for United States Army aviators. Due to the onerous SFRA restrictions leading to declining revenues at the airport, in 2008 there were plans to shut it down and redevelop the land.
It is located just 1.10 nautical miles (1.27 mi) east of a slightly smaller airport called Potomac Airfield.
The airpark is located just off Piscataway Road at Steed Road and is 423 acres. The Facebook post announcing the sale in the Prince George’s County Real Estate Development News Facebook Group states that the property is for sale stemming from a court order in a bankruptcy case.
The land is reported to be able to handle up to 1500 residential homes, and up to 110,000 square feet of retail.
The land was studied several years ago for a major residential community, but failed due to the transportation study.
At this time there is not a price listed nor whether it will be listed at auction.