Completed in 1946, the Airport in the Sky is1602 feet above the Pacific Ocean. It is built between two mountain peaks in the middle of Catalina Island. There are essentially two ways to get to the airport. The first is by plane. The runway is asphalt paved and is 3250 feet long. It is convex shaped, higher in the center. This creates problems during the approach and landing. Visual perception is misleading. Too fast you could go over the end or too slow you could encounter downdraft. This is not for inexperienced pilots. It does accommodate planes up to a DC-3. The Wrigley family used the airport as did John Wayne. The other way to get to the airport is by land. That is how I arrived. It is about 40 minutes from Avalon through land owned by the private conservatory. The terrain is rugged with steep narrow inclines, gravel roads at times and switchbacks. Shuttles run about $28 round trip and inland excursions can be booked. At the airport there is a restaurant (Buffalo Springs Station) which serves good Buffalo burgers and their "Killer Cookies" which are huge. The staff is super friendly and will help you in any way. There is a nice gift shop, clean public bathrooms, hiking and biking trails and a history display of early settlers. A huge map of Catalina Island is in the courtyard. On your way to the airport you are likely to encounter free range buffalo, fox and other wildlife along with scenic vistas and photographic opportunities galore. It is unique.
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