Hinton-Alderson Airport (WV77)

Mom and granddad J2 cub

My grandfather, James Tolley, founded the Hinton-Alderson Airport at Pence Springs, West Virginia in 1933.  Jim Tolley started a flight school at WV77.  One of his first students was my mother, Ruth Tolley Gwinn.  The picture above depicts my grandfather in front of his prize Waco and my mother in front of a J-2 Cub.  Mom taught WWII pilots at Princeton, West Virginia and  was the subject of a AOPA Magazine Pilots article in June of 2003.  There is also a great YouTube video located here.  The sod runway is 2700′ long and airfield currently operates as a private airport.  We currently have 2 hangars and a small office with a mix of about 9 light-sport, ultralight, and normal category airplanes.  Please contact On Course Aviation LLC if you would like to fly into the airfield or are interested in hangar space for your aircraft.  All operations at the airport other than tenant aircraft must be approved in advance.  We do have primative camping sites on the airfield that are located on the scenic Greenbrier River.  We charge a small fee for overnight camping.  Here is a link to a PowerPoint with the runway layout, hazards, and parking areas.  WV77 layout

ruth gwinn refueling airplaneRuth Tolley Gwinn

My Grandfather, James Tolley, at the airport 1930s.

Probably 1950s

Probably 1950s

James Tolley

James Tolley

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