Pheasant Run Airport and Museum
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Directions to Pheasant Run Airport from Lake Erie CollegeTurn right onto West Washington Street (0.7 miles)
About Pheasant Run AirportPheasant Run Airport is situated on 68 acres in Leroy Township (Madison), 15 minutes east of Lake Erie College’s main campus. Several hangars, two grass runways, an aviation museum, pond and woodlands comprise the property, which was developed by Charles and Gretchen Reed. The hangars house a collection of antique aircraft representing several decades; 20 are hangared, and 15 are flyable.
A Short History of Pheasant Run AirportChuck and Gretchen Reed, both private pilots and lifetime Lake County residents, had searched casually in the county area for a home and piece of land on which they could develop their own airport. Both flew out of Casement Airport in Painesville from when they were married in 1966; in 1977 they found the home on Trask Road, Leroy Township, with enough adjacent acreage to clear trees and excavate two runways. Between 1978 and 2003, they built four hangars, which they filled with vintage airplanes and much aviation memorabilia. Numerous outbuildings, such as equipment storage areas and workshops, were also constructed.
During the first 11 years of their marriage, they had invested in rental real estate, which gave them extra income to develop the airport. Chuck was also involved in private government contract work of a highly classified nature; because it included hazardous duty pay (drug interdiction in third world countries), they were further able to invest in their goals.
They purchased the house and the 28 acres with it in 1977 from Christopher and Ruth Nau. At the same time, they were able to secure the 40 acres to the south from Helen Laird of Ashtabula. The Reeds used their bulldozer, road grader, brush hog and chain saws to clear the land for the E/W runway in 1978. Hangar #1, now the one on the right as seen from the road, was completed in 1978. Finished rooms and a deck were added to the north side by 1984. Clearing for the N/S runway was done in 1985 and' 86, and Hangar #2 was built behind the pond.
A third hangar, on the south end of the property, was built in 1990. The "control tower" was added to Hangar #1 in 2000, and Hangar #4 was built attached to the tower in 2002. After Chuck's death on Dec. 23, 2008, Gretchen continued the development of the airport/museum complex.