Spruce Creek Where Everybody Owns An Airplane
   2014-05-09 13:28:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei

An aerial view of Spruce Creek is pictured. Spruce Creek is the largest fly-in community in the U.S., locating in North Florida. [Photo: Imagine China]

Spruce Creek is the largest fly-in community in the U.S., locating in North Florida. Aside from an occasional Boeing, Spruce Creek's aircrafts consist of a stunning collection of Cessnas and Pipers, a P-51 Mustang, several L-39 Albatros, an Eclipse 500, a French Fouga Magister and even one Russian MiG-15 fighter jet. In addition to all the airplanes and golf cars, you'll see Lamborghinis, Corvettes, motorcycles of every description and even a Porsche GT2.

The people of Spruce Creek live in a tightly knit community. Most of them are professional pilots and they talk in aviation jargon. Others are doctors, lawyers and land speculators, but all of them are, without exception, nuts about aviation. Every Saturday morning, some of them would gather beside the runway, take off in groups of three and fly to one of the local airports for breakfast - a tradition they call the Saturday Morning Gaggle.

But Spruce Creek isn't the only residential airpark in the country. The concept first developed after World War II, a time period when the United States had an incredible surplus of both airfields and pilots, created by the war, whose population had ballooned from fewer than 34,000 in 1939 to more than 400,000 by 1946. In order to put countless deactivated military strips across the nation to good use and to accommodate the burgeoning pilot population, the Civil Aeronautics Administration proposed the construction of 6,000 residential airparks throughout the country. While that number was never fulfilled, the initial proposal generated enough momentum to form a large and active network of fly-in communities.

Today, there are more than 600 fly-in communities in the United States, with the heaviest concentration in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Washington. Spruce Creek is the largest fly-in community. The aviation lifestyle has even spread internationally to Canada, South Africa and Costa Rica. 

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