background image
Page 97
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
W. H
Chapter 4
of his shirt. "What I'd like to know, how'd Ray
Harding get away with it?"
"Good question," Tre said.
"He didn't ask permission," I said. "If he
had, there wouldn't be a runway here." Some-
times it is better to apologize than to ask
I'll need all my fingers and yours to list the
reasons buying Bird's Nest Airport was a bad
idea. One, the general condition of the place.
It hadn't been a real airport for years. Not
really. The tin hangars were close to falling
down. The roofs leaked and several hangars
had plastic tarps strung above the aircraft to
shed water. One of the hangers had a dozen or
more 60-watt bulbs wired together and stuck
to the rafters with duct tape. The flight office
was structurally sound but hadn't seen an im-
provement in twenty years. The property had
several dented mobile homes sprinkled about
as if they'd grown wild and there was no more
logic to explain their present locations.
Two, buying all eight properties in one
shot was a logistical nightmare. Stretch it
out and some wiseacre neighbor might get
the idea to raise his price. Word spreads and
other neighbors do the same. One morning
you wake up and all the land surrounding
Bird's Nest Airport has doubled and tripled
in price.
2007. Front of the rundown Bird's Nest Airport flight office.
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.