Up and Away
The plane is owned and meticulously maintained by a father-son team who for 10 years has managed the airfield in a joint effort with the town of Barnstable to keep the field open. Sid and his son Chris Siderwicz took over operation of the historic 80-acre airfield, complete with vintage windmill, when Chris graduated from Bourne High School in 2003. In addition to their responsibility for a fleet of between 15 and 20 private planes, two hangars, and three runways to accommodate an on-site sky-diving operation, the partners run a busy aerial banner towing business. But rides in the bright red biplane are what have groups gathering by the fence of the scenic airfield, waiting for a 15-to-35-minute tour.
The wait is not a hardship. Vintage photos from the airport’s rich, 84-year history plaster the rustic office. Gazing across the vast expanse of daisy-filled meadow runways, it’s not hard to imagine the airfield’s opening on Independence Day, 1929, when an air circus complete with stunt flyers and parachutists graced the grassways. Since then, the airport has seen just a handful of owners, but many colorful comings and goings while serving private plane owners, Army pilot trainees, and glider and blimp pilots. “This is our passion,” explains 28-year-old Chris. “We wanted to keep it alive.”
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